Ex-House Speaker Fox released from home confinement
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox has completed the home confinement portion of his sentence for a 2015 corruption conviction.
Fox’s husband, Marcus LaFond, tells The Associated Press that Fox completed his sentence early Wednesday morning. He now begins two years of probation.
Fox, 56, was released from prison to a halfway house in August after more than two years behind bars. He has spent the last several months on home confinement.
The Democratic ex-lawmaker pleaded guilty in 2015 to charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return. He acknowledged taking more than $50,000 in bribe money from a Providence restaurant when he was a member of the city board of licenses and admitted he took more than $100,000 from his campaign account for his own use.
He told the judge during his sentencing that he had been driven by greed, a desire to keep up with the Joneses and “just plain stupidity.” He said at the time that he would wear his crimes “as a crimson letter.”
Once considered the most powerful person in state government, Fox represented Providence for 11 terms in the House and became the nation’s first openly gay House speaker in 2010. He led the fight to legalize gay marriage in Rhode Island in 2013 and also listed among his proudest legislative accomplishments the state’s public smoking ban, an affordable housing law and a law requiring health insurers to cover mental health treatment.