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Former Walker associate to get out of prison early

 Former Walker associate to get out of prison early
Posted December 20th, 2013 @ 4:15pm by Associated Press

RACINE, Wis. (AP) _ A former associate of Gov. Scott Walker who was convicted of stealing more than $51,000 meant for veterans is getting out of prison early.

A jury last year convicted 63-year-old Kevin D. Kavanaugh of felony theft. He was sentenced to two years in prison, and he's served just over half the time.

The state Department of Corrections said Friday that Kavanaugh completed certain requirements of an early-release program, which makes him eligible to convert the rest of his sentence to extended supervision.

Defense attorney Chris Hartley says Kavanaugh had an alcohol problem, but apparently completed treatment successfully in prison.

Prosecutor Kurt Benkley said he was aware of the court document Wednesday ordering that Kavanaugh be released within 30 days. He says the decision is routine for these types of cases.

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