Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Glenn Marshall, Imprisoned Former Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to Be Released

Glenn Marshall, the former leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, is being released from federal prison later this month, his wife said this morning. OP: Wow, has time flown by, probably not to this thief and corrupt leader though....

No date has been set for Marshall's release, but he's been told by prison officials that it will be this month, Paula Marshall said. “That's very good news,” she said.

Marshall has gone through the course work necessary to be released from Butner Federal Correction Complex in North Carolina, his wife said. She is just waiting to hear from probation officials the exact date.

In 2009 Marshall was sentenced to 3½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to political corruption and embezzlement charges. Federal prosecutors said Marshall stole nearly $400,000 given to the tribe by a casino investor.

The online database for the federal Bureau of Prisons still has Marshall's release date as June 4, but a spokesman said it's possible Marshall would be released sooner. The spokesman said he wouldn't be able to comment until after Marshall is released.

Butner is a medical facility where Bernard Madoff, who bilked his clients out millions in investments, is also being held.

Paula Marshall declined to say publicly what ailments her husband has in prison, but said she's looking forward to him getting out.

Before he was charged criminally, Marshall resigned as the tribe's chairman after it was revealed he had previously been convicted of rape. Marshall also lied about his service in Vietnam in published reports and in testimony before U.S. Congress.

Despite the criminal charges and the scandal, Marshall still has some staunch supporters within the tribe who credit him with cutting through the bureaucracy to get the tribe federally recognized in 2007. That federal recognition is a key step in an Indian tribe's pursuit of casino gambling.
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