PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Officials say former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox has been approved to complete his three-year federal prison sentence at a halfway house closer to home.

Canaan federal prison spokesman Paul Gibson tells WPRI-TV ( that Fox requested the transfer “months ago.” He said Friday that Fox “submitted for and was approved for (a halfway house) close to his home as possible.”

Gibson declined to say when the 55-year-old Fox would be released from the Waymart, Pennsylvania, prison. The closest halfway house to Fox’s East Providence home is in Pawtucket.

Fox is serving a three-year sentence for taking bribe money and spending campaign funds on himself. He’s eligible for release to a halfway house next week, when he’ll be in the final six months of his sentence.

Information from: WPRI-TV,

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