Former Biloxi Mayor Halat released from prison

Former Biloxi Mayor Pete Halat was released from federal prison to a halfway house after serving 15 years for participating in a conspiracy that led to the murders of his former law partner, Circuit Court Judge Vincent Sherry, and Sherry’s wife, former Councilwoman Margaret Sherry.

Halat, 70, is expected to be released from the halfway house April 24, when his 18-year sentence ends. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Family friend and Coast restaurateur Bobby Mahoney said Halat’s wife, daughter and two sons picked him up Tuesday from a low-security federal prison in Oakdale, La. Mahoney said he believed they were taking him to a halfway house in Hattiesburg.

Sun Herald