Former Johnson County Commissioner John Winchester Matthews could be granted parole from a four-year prison term by New Year's Eve, according to data available through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Matthews pled guilty July 17 to felony counts of abuse of position, falsifying records and theft. District Judge John Neill sentenced him to two 4-year concurrent terms in prison and at least five years probation. Matthews arrived last week at the James “Jay” Byrd Correctional Unit in Huntsville.
In addition to the three felony counts in his guilty plea, Matthews also faced six other felony counts.
Matthews, 49, could be incarcerated for as little as 168 days on the three felony counts, according to information available at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's website. He would first become eligible for parole Dec. 31. He's projected to be released May 21, 2014, the website says. If Matthews completed his full sentence, he would not be released until July 16, 2016.
Matthews had no prior criminal record.