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    Sunday, July 21, 2024

    Bannon, former Trump adviser, to serve prison sentence in Connecticut, report says

    Danbury — Former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon who has been ordered to report to prison by July 1 will serve his sentence at a federal correctional facility in Connecticut, according to a CNN report.

    A federal judge sentenced Bannon to four months in prison for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee.

    The CNN report cited sources familiar with the situation who told the news outlet that Bannon had requested to complete his sentence at the most comfortable type of federal correctional facility.

    However, he was ineligible because he is still facing state charges in New York, where he is accused of defrauding people in his "We Build the Wall" campaign, the outlet reported.

    Instead, he will serve the sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury, according to CNN.

    Benjamin O'Cone, a spokesperson for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, said Tuesday that Bannon is not in their custody and information on inmates is not available "until after an individual arrives at his or her destination."

    "We do not provide specific information on the status of individuals who are not in the custody of the FBOP for safety, security, or privacy reasons," O'Cone said.

    FCI Danbury is a low-security prison that has held several other famous inmates over the years.

    Piper Kerman served one year in Danbury for her role in a drug smuggling ring. Her memoir of the experience was the fictionalized basis for Netflix's "Orange is the New Black."

    Martha Stewart requested to serve her five-month sentence in Danbury in the early 2000s, but ultimately ended up in a West Virginia prison.

    A jury in 2022 found Bannon, 70, guilty on two counts contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee.

    The conviction was upheld in an appeal last month.

    Bannon was arrested by federal authorities in 2020 while aboard a billionaire friend's boat moored off Westbrook. Trump pardoned Bannon of the federal charges in that case as one of his final acts in office. However, Bannon is still facing state charges in New York related to the same ordeal.

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