The Los Angeles Times traveled to Crowley to get locals’ take on former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ freedom after eight years — and his plans for the future. Officials in Crowley hope to make Edwards the grand marshal of the Rice Festival parade this year, but the 83-year-old governor isn’t sure his probation will allow it.

Edwards was released last week and will serve six months of home confinement with his daughter, Anna, who lives in Denham Springs. He served 16 years as governor of Louisiana and was convicted in 2000 or racketeering, extortion and fraud charges for demanding payoffs from businesses seeking riverboat gaming licenses.

“Edwin Edwards — governor, gambler, ladies’ man, human quote machine and convicted felon — is back among his people,” the Los Angeles Times reported. Read more here.

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