Skakel lawyer leaves NY prison for halfway house

AP News
Posted: Sep 29, 2011 5:52 PM
Skakel lawyer leaves NY prison for halfway house

An attorney who represented Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in his murder trial has been released from a New York prison after serving about six months for failing to pay more than $400,000 income taxes.

William Dow III says client Michael "Mickey" Sherman was released last week from a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., and sent to a halfway house in Hartford, Conn., to serve the rest of his sentence.

Sherman was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of willful failure to pay income taxes.

Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy. He was convicted in 2002 in the 1975 fatal beating of his neighbor in Greenwich (GREN'-ich) when they were both 15. Skakel is serving 20 years to life.