John G. Rowland is a free man again after serving his second prison sentence.

The disgraced former governor — once a young, rising star among Connecticut Republicans — was was released from federal custody on Friday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. Federal prison officials had said earlier that Sunday was Rowland’s anticipated release date. He had been staying at a halfway house in his hometown of Waterbury since being discharged from a federal prison camp in January.

Rowland, who turned 61 the day before his release, was convicted in 2014 of election fraud and obstruction of justice for hiding his political consulting roles in two campaigns. He began serving a 30-month sentence in fall 2016, at a minimum security prison camp in Pennsylvania.

It was his second stay in federal prison. Rowland’s 2004 federal corruption conviction also led to his incarceration, and to the state’s landmark public campaign financing program.

His release Friday came without an announcement or explanation from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Prison officials have also refused to explain why Rowland was being released before serving his full 30 months, but inmates can get time off their sentences for good conduct and participating in a drug treatment program.

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Rowland timeline

May 24, 1957: John G. Rowland born in Waterbury

1981: Elected to the Connecticut General Assembly at the age of 23

1985: Elected to the U.S. Congress representing the 5th Congressional District

1994: Elected governor, the state’s youngest at age 37

1998: Re-elected, second term as governor

2002: Re-elected, third term as governor

January 2004: Admits to ‘unethical behavior’ after being accused of accepting vacations and home renovations from state contractors. Impeachment committee formed.

June 2004: Resigns as governor

December 2004: Pleads guilty in federal court to conspiracy and fraud

February 2006: Released after serving 10 months in prison

April 2014: Indicted on election fraud charges, after serving as an off-the-books consultant to a congressional campaign.

September: Found guilty of campaign fraud and other charges

March 2015: Sentenced to 30 months in prison

June 2015: Enters Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in New York

January 2018: Transferred to a halfway house to complete term.

May 25: Leaves halfway house. Free, again.

Rowland could not be reached for comment Saturday. Calls made to a phone number listed for his wife, Patty Rowland, went unanswered, and John Rowland did not respond to an email request for comment.

His sentence was the result of a jury trial in 2014 that yielded seven guilty verdicts for his behind-the-scenes role in the losing Republican congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley, whose husband, Brian Foley, paid Rowland $35,000 in consulting fees.

Rowland had also served as a congressman, and had been an afternoon drive-time personality for the conservative WTIC-AM radio station in Farmington. In July 2004, he resigned less than halfway through his third term as governor rather than testify before a special House Committee of Inquiry, after a ruling by the state Supreme Court. Rowland pleaded guilty in December 2004 as part of a pay-to-play scheme that included $90,000 in luxury flights from Key Air of Oxford to Las Vegas and Florida. He served 10 months in federal prison and several months of house arrest in that case.

M. Jodi Rell, Rowland’s lieutenant governor, succeeded Rowland and led state lawmakers to ratify the state’s 2005 campaign-finance reforms.

Staff writer Ken Dixon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.