Rafael Robb, a former Penn professor convicted of manslaughter, was released from prison Sunday.
Robb was sentenced to five-to-ten years in prison in 2008 after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. His Sunday release marks 10 years exactly since he began his sentence, according to NBC Philadelphia. Robb will also reportedly be on parole for the next 10 years.
Robb was once a world-renowned economist, and employed by Penn as an economics professor specializing in game theory. On the evening of Dec. 22, 2006, Robb acknowledges that he simply ‘lost it’ and bludgeoned his wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, to death following a dispute about holiday plans. His deceased wife's family has complained publicly about what they perceive to be an overly lenient sentence.
It remains unclear what fate awaits Robb’s considerable personal wealth, money that remains frozen by judicial order. He has requested the release of $100,000 for living expenses. Robb owes $128 million to his wife’s estate, money that will go to the couple’s daughter.
It is unclear where Robb will live in the months to come, though NBC Philadelphia said there is speculation he will take up residence in the Pittsburgh area.
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