John McGee will be saying goodbye to the guards and fellow inmates at the Ada County Jail sooner than expected. The Associated Press reports that McGee could get out as early as this Saturday, five days before his scheduled release date.
McGee returned to the jail on Aug. 21, when he was ordered to be locked up for 44 days (as part of a 90-day sentence) after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the sexual harassment of an Idaho State Senate staffer. McGee's sentence also includes a two-year probation period following his prison sentence, and includes a $1,000 fine and $960 in restitution to a victim's fund.
McGee's political career came to a screeching halt earlier this year when he resigned from the Senate following the allegations of bad behavior. That followed his DUI conviction related to a bizarre Father's Day 2011 incident, where he stole a vehicle and crashed it on someone's lawn. The fact that McGee was still on probation when he was slapped with the new charges resulted in McGee's return to the Ada County Jail, his third visit in 14 months.
The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney wrote to 4th District Magistrate James Cawthon earlier this month, requesting that McGee be released early for good behavior at the jail.