Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling could get early prison release

Former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling talks to the media outside the Bob Casey United States Court House October 23, 2006, in Houston, Texas.

This final note is something of a blast from the past.

Anybody remember Jeff Skilling? Gotta go back to the days of Enron and its aftermath. Skilling was the president and Ken Lay was the CEO when it all fell apart.

In 2006, Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in jail. But there's word today he's reached a deal with prosecutors to cut that short. He'll waive further rights to appeal, disgorge $40 million to victims of the fraud and be out as soon as 2017.

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