ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger apparently won't spend as much time in prison as was originally thought.
The Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator shows Stenger's release date is Dec. 27, 2021. That means he would serve two years and three months. He was sentenced in August to three years and 10 months and fined $250,000.
Stenger's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, says this early release is not a done deal.
“They’re making these calculations based on the conditions that these things play out the way everybody believes they will play out," said Rosenblum.
Rosenblum claims Stenger is not getting special treatment, and that almost all federal inmates can get 54 days off their sentence per year for good behavior. In addition, Stenger, and other inmates, can get up to one year off their sentence for completing the Residential Drug Abuse Program.
“If I were a betting man it’s gonna play out that way. I don’t think he’s gonna go off the rails in a low level prison camp," said Rosenblum.
The Democrat pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in May for a scheme to provide favors such as county contracts to campaign contributors.
Stenger is serving at a minimum-security camp in South Dakota.
St. Louis County residents tell News4 they aren't surprised to hear Stenger's sentence likely will be nearly slashed in half.
“I think that to the extent that there’s people in the county that are upset I think they ought to focus on rooting for this man to turn his life around and be a productive citizen.”
Rosenblum says after Stenger serves his prison sentence, he'll likely spend six months at a halfway house.