Former Judge Richard Baumgartner released from prison

Former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner released from prison


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner was released from prison after serving six-months for lying to investigators.

Baumgartner was released from the Gilmer work camp in Glenville, W. Va.

Baumgartner told 6 News he will now spend two weeks on home detention in Knoxville to finish out his sentence.

The former judge was convicted in October 2012 of lying to cover up his purchase of prescription painkillers from a mistress.

His drug abuse on the bench led to new trials for two suspects in the murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. Both were convicted again.

Baumgartner was given probation in exchange for resigning and pleading guilty to official misconduct.

He is appealing his federal conviction.

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