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'A Very Emotional Day': Ex-House Speaker Sal DiMasi Back in Boston After Prison Release

DiMasi was released Tuesday from a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina

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    Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi arrived back home in Massachusetts on Tuesday after being released from prison in North Carolina. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

    Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is back in Boston after being released from prison in North Carolina.

    DiMasi was let out of a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, Tuesday morning. His wife, Debbie, accompanied him home to Massachusetts. He arrived at Logan International Airport around 5 p.m., and was wheeled off the plane in a wheelchair.

    He spoke briefly to reporters, saying he's "happy and grateful" to be back in Boston in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    "It's a very emotional day for me," he said. "It's been a trying and difficult experience for me and I'm looking forward to just being reunited with my family... I just love being back in Boston."

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    DiMasi served five years of an eight-year sentence for public corruption. Last week, a judge approved a request for compassionate release because of DiMasi's health problems. 

    DiMasi has been treated for throat and prostate cancer in prison. His cancer is in remission, but his treatments caused a narrowing of his esophagus that creates a risk of choking when he eats or drinks. 

    "I'm a fighter," he said Tuesday upon arriving home. "I'm gonna fight this all the way."

    The once-powerful Democrat was convicted of steering state contracts to a software firm in exchange for $65,000 funneled through his private law firm. 

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