Appearing frail but freed early from federal prison, terminally ill Adelphia founder John Rigas was warmly greeted by a crowd of around 100 upon his homecoming Monday night in Coudersport, Penn.
According to local reports, the 91-year-old Rigas, who has been told by doctors that his bladder cancer will kill him within six months, was greeted as a local hero, despite the fraud conviction that has kept him in federal prison for the last eight years.
Before being granted early release due to his condition, Rigas had been scheduled for release in January 2018.
A Buffalo News report said a "frail' Rigas seemed "overwhelmed" by the welcome, waving, blowing kisses and flashing victory signs.
"I can't believe all these people came out just for me," he said. "God bless you all."
You can read the full Buffalo News report here.