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Expelled Rep. Carlos Henriquez released from jail early

Expelled state legislator Carlos Henriquez, who was convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend, was released from a Billerica jail Wednesday, according to the Middlesex County sheriff's office.

boston carlos henriquez assault State Rep. Carlos Henriquez appears in court during his arraignment in 2012 on assault charges.
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An expelled state legislator who was convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend was released from a Billerica jail Wednesday, according to the Middlesex County sheriff's office.

Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, was voted out of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in February by a 146-5 vote after he was sentenced to six months in jail.

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On Jan. 15 Henriquez was convicted on two misdemeanor charges of assault and battery stemming from allegations that he kidnapped, backhanded, choked and punched a 23-year-old woman in a rental car in July 2012.

The state parole board granted his early release under the conditions that he wear a GPS monitoring device, stay away from the victim and enroll in a counseling program for batterers.

Henriquez has maintained his innocence and is appealing has conviction.

At the Feb. 6 vote, Henriquez told House members “I used to think that the good of many outweighs good of the few. Now I wonder at what cost."

“An innocent man does not plead, and an innocent man does not quit," he said.

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