Thomas Druce Released from Prison
HARRISBURG, PA-March 13, 2006 (WPVI) -- A former state lawmaker once considered a political rising star was released from prison Monday after serving two years for his role in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Thomas Druce, 44, was released on parole from the Laurel Highlands prison in Somerset, a minimum-security facility with a special unit for geriatric male prisoners, state Corrections Department spokeswoman Sue McNaughton said.
He will spend the next two years on parole, subject to conditions that include mandatory drug testing and an alcohol ban.
Druce was a fourth-term state legislator and considered a Republican rising star when Harrisburg police, acting on an anonymous tip, first questioned him about the death of Kenneth Cains in January 2000 - six months after the accident.
Cains, 42, an ex-Marine, was crossing a street near the Capitol in July 1999 when Druce's sport utility vehicle hit him.
Druce pleaded guilty in September 2000 to leaving the scene of a fatal accident, tampering with evidence and insurance fraud.
He admitted having his vehicle repaired before police could inspect it and lied to his insurance company about where the accident occurred, but Druce has maintained that he thought he had struck only a traffic sign. He is from Bucks County in suburban Philadelphia.
(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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