Houston-area legislator out of jail in time for new session

A Houston-area lawmaker and attorney who was convicted of illegally soliciting clients and won re-election while in jail has been freed just days before the Texas Legislature convenes.

Rep. Ron Reynolds of Missouri City was released Friday from the Montgomery County jail in Conroe after nearly four months behind bars.

Reynolds was convicted of misdemeanor barratry, so-called ambulance chasing charges, and was sentenced in 2015 to up to 12 months in jail. Appeals failed and he reported to jail Sept. 7.

Democrat Reynolds, who’s served in the Texas House since 2011, won re-election in November after running unopposed.

The Legislature convenes Tuesday in Austin.

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