PHOTOS: Former Gov. Don Siegelman returns to Alabama, will serve remainder of sentence on house arrest

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Wednesday afternoon, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman arrived home in Birmingham after spending six years in federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana.

Supporters greeted him at Birmingham International Airport in the baggage claim area.  He talked with them for about 10 minutes, sharing hugs, tears and relief.

Siegelman then got in a car and headed toward Vestavia. The trip included a pass down 20th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue North, where more supporters gathered with signs to greet him. Siegelman smiled, gave them a thumbs up and thanked them for their support.

Siegelman will spend the night at home in Vestavia then meet with a probation officer tomorrow morning to learn the restrictions of his sentence.  He will likely spend the next six months on house arrest. His 78-month prison sentence officially lasts until August 8.