A former Vermont State Trooper who stole more than $200,000 has been released from prison. He's out months ahead of schedule.
James Deeghan was supposed to serve a minimum of two years behind bars for stealing from taxpayers by padding his timesheet. But Thursday, WCAX News confirmed the former state police sergeant has been released from the Marion County Jail in Indiana.
In January, Deeghan pleaded guilty to neglect of duty by a public officer and false claims. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, he was supposed to serve at least 24 months behind bars. But the Department of Corrections has confirmed Deeghan is back in Vermont, living in the community. He was released Thursday on something called reintegration furlough, which means he must have a job and approved housing, but he's not behind bars. Corrections says Deeghan served nine months in jail and was given nine months credit for his participation the work camp program, where inmates get a day off their sentence for every day they work. Deeghan worked in the prison kitchen. His supervised furlough will last another six months, followed by probation.
Last month, Deeghan made his first restitution payment to the state in the amount of $4,700, a small portion of the $213,000 he owes the state. The rest of the money will come from his pension over the next six years.
Deeghan cannot work as a police officer in the state ever again. In June, the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council voted to decertify him.