Adelphia Founder Released from Prison to go Home and Die

The crook that founded Adelphia Communicationshas been released from prison.

A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of John Rigas because he is dying of cancer.

Rigas, 91, has been serving a 12-year prison term, but U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan reduced his sentence to time served.

Federal prosecutors had recommended that Rigas be freed after he was diagnosed with terminal Stage IV bladder cancer with metastases to the lungs. They said his life expectancy is six months or less, and that he was likely to die before being eligible for release in January 2018.

Once freed, Rigas is expected to spend his remaining months with a son in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Federal probation officers also recommended the early release.