Evangelist to leave prison

June 30, 1994|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

Jim Bakker is getting out of prison tomorrow.

More than 4 1/2 years after going in for bilking his PTL followers, the fallen TV evangelist is due to walk out of a minimum-security federal prison in Jesup, Ga., and check into a halfway house in Asheville, N.C.

An official at the prison 65 miles southwest of Savannah -- 300 miles from the empire Bakker made famous in Fort Mill, S.C. -- confirmed the release date yesterday.

Bakker, 53, wasn't due to get out until Sept. 2. The early release was approved by federal prison officials in Georgia.

No longer confined by fences and guards, Bakker will work at an undisclosed Asheville business during the day and return to the halfway house at night.

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