BRIDGEPORT - Former Bridgeport state Senator Ernie Newton is now at a Waterbury halfway house after his release from a federal prison.

Newton had been behind bars since 2006 after he pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. He served his time at a federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Penn.

Newton's brother, Timothy, says his brother is thrilled to be out of prison. The ex-state senator will stay at the halfway house until Aug. 7 and will then be on supervised probation for three years.