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Ex-lawmaker Pete Beck will get out of prison early

Beck’s attorney files another motion for early release; hearing set for Thursday morning.

UPDATE @ 12:40 p.m.:

The attorney for Pete Beck said he’s working to get the former state lawmaker released today.

“It may take a bit longer than that, but we’re doing everything we can to expedite the process,” Pierre Bergeron told this news outlet.

If Beck, 64, can’t be released today, the Marine veteran and former Mason mayor can be released Friday.

“It’s certainly exciting to get the win from the Court of Appeals and just basically within a week to get (Beck) out of jail,” Bergeron said. “A lot of times the legal process takes an eternity to see results.”

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Bergeron, who was retained by Beck for the appeal, said this has “obviously been a long case and a torturous one for all the people involved, but it’s at the end of the road now and we’re happy to see where it came out.”

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.:

Former state lawmaker Pete Beck will be released from prison early, according to a Thursday morning ruling by a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge.

Beck, 64, was incarcerated in August 2015 after he was sentenced to four years on 13 criminal counts. The First District Court of Appeals last week overturned 10 of those 13 charges, upholding only three theft counts.

Prosecutors say Beck played a significant role in bilking millions of dollars from investors in the failed start-up, Christopher Technologies.

INITIAL STORY, Dec. 21:

A second attempt to get former state lawmaker Pete Beck out of prison happens Thursday morning after a judge denied an emergency motion earlier this week.

An emergency motion requesting Beck, 64, be released early from prison was denied Tuesday by a Hamilton County Common Pleas judge.

“This court upon consideration of the law and evidence considers the timing of the motion to be premature since the reconsideration period of the First District Court of Appeals’ decision on appeal has not yet expired,” according to the ruling.

The judge said Beck’s attorney, Pierre Bergeron, can re-file the motion after the expiration of the reconsideration period, which is 10 days. The decision by the appeals court was rendered on Dec. 14.

However, Bergeron filed the same motion before that period concludes, but this time for Common Pleas Judge Tom Heekin who was unavailable to hear the first motion. Heekin assumed the case load of retired judge John A. West, who presided over Beck’s 10-week trial and sentenced him to four years in prison.

This second emergency motion hearing is set for 11 a.m. Thursday.

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The First District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati last week overturned 10 of 13 criminal counts Beck had been convicted of in June 2015, and the remaining three counts carried a one-year prison sentence. Beck has been incarcerated since August 2015.

Bergeron declined to comment on the denial because of the pending hearing.

Beck was initially indicted on 16 charges on July 19, 2013, for his connection with the failed tech start-up called Christopher Technologies. Prosecutors say he played a significant role in the company in bilking millions of dollars from investors. In February, a subsequent indictment increased the counts to 69, but those had been reduced during the 10-week trial.

The Marine veteran and former Mason mayor was found guilty on 13 of 38 counts in June 2015, and was sentenced to four years in prison in August 2015. He was immediately taken into custody after his hearing and has been incarcerated ever since. Beck is currently in the Southeastern Correctional Institution.

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