Beef plant scandal: Major player Richard Hall out on supervised release

A key figure in Mississippi’s beef plant scandal has been placed on supervised release and freed from prison.

Richard Hall, of Clarksville, Tenn., was sentenced to eight years in Mississippi prison on three counts of wire fraud for his role in the failure of the plant. He entered state prison in May of 2012 after he was released from federal prison. He was placed on supervised earned release on July 6, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The beef plant, backed by the Mississippi Legislature and two state agencies, ran into trouble soon after Hall was given millions for the project in Oakland.