David Letterman Extortionist Released from Jail Early

David Letterman (left) and Joe Halderman

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updated 09/02/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET

originally published 09/02/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET

After pleading guilty to grand larceny for his attempt to extort $2 million from David Letterman in return for remaining silent about the TV host’s office affairs, Robert “Joe” Halderman was released from prison Thursday, having served only four months of his six-month sentence due to good behavior.

Halderman, 51, still has 1,000 hours of community service and five years’ probation ahead of him.

“He’s doing okay,” his lawyer Gerald Shargel told PEOPLE after Halderman’s release from Rikers Island in New York. “He was fine and expressed appreciation and he is glad it is behind him and that he survived it well and he’s looking for work. He’s a talented producer.”


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