Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/19/2013 05:16:47 PM PST
Updated: 02/19/2013 06:27:15 PM PST

UPLAND – A contractor sentenced in a federal bribery case involving former Mayor John Pomierski is the first of four defendants in the case to be released from prison.

John Hennes, owner of Upland-based JH Builders and former member of the Upland Building Board of Appeals, has been checking into a halfway house every three days as part of his six-month prison sentence.

Hennes was sentenced in August to six months behind bars and six months of home confinement for his role in a federal bribery case involving Pomierski and an Upland business.

“He’s back to work trying to put his life back together and trying do a good job working for other people on contracting projects,” Hennes’ attorney Ken White said.

“He’s looking forward to putting this part of his life behind him and get back to family activities and community service and doing contracting work.”

Hennes and Pomierski were indicted in March 2011 on federal corruption charges that outline an extortion scheme targeting two Upland businesses, including the Chronic Cantina bar and restaurant. The indictment alleged Hennes communicated Pomierski’s demands to the owner of Chronic Cantina and collected money on his behalf.

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