After presidential pardon and seven years behind bars, Rapper John Forte will be released from New Jersey’s Fort Dix prison today (December 22).
Fote’s lawyer, Aarti Tandon, confirmed the rapper’s release to SOHH. “Yes, John Forte was released this morning,” he told SOHH. “He looks forward to spending the holidays with his friends and family.”
Pardoned by President George W. Bush late last month, Forte was free to go from a mandatory 14 year prison sentence. The Grammy winning artist has become one of the 16 people to have received a pardon or reduced sentence in the final months of the Bush Administration. As fans and family alike prepare for his return home, the Forte-supporting website www.freejohnforte.com has shared a special message reminding people of today’s importance.
“December 22, 2008 – Homecoming Day,” the site reads. “John is incredibly grateful for this second chance. He is looking forward to spending time with Family and Friends and wishes everyone Happy Holidays!”