Former Police Officer Frank Livoti, convicted on federal charges of killing a man by using an illegal choke hold in 1994 in the Bronx, has been freed from a federal lockup in North Carolina after serving nearly seven years.
A spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Saturday that Livoti had been released Friday from its facility in Butner, N.C.
Livoti was sentenced to the federal prison in 1998 for violating the civil rights of Anthony Baez, who died Dec. 22, 1994.
Baez and his brothers were throwing a football that struck Livoti's parked police car. An angry Livoti ordered the young men off the street. One brother was arrested when he refused to leave.
Baez, a 269-pound asthmatic visiting his family from Florida, intervened. Livoti grabbed him around the neck and, with the help of other officers, forced him to the ground. Baez lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.
The city paid the Baez family $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.