SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — A former Spokane County deputy who was convicted of murdering his wife more than 20 years ago has been released from prison. 

A spokesperson for the Washington Department of Corrections said Tom DiBartolo was released at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday. His address is listed in the Spokane area. 

A judge corrected an error in DiBartolo’s sentence during a court appearance in November 2019. His sentencing allowed for early release after 20 years on good behavior.

The judge ruled upon DiBartolo’s release that he would be put into community custody under Washington Department of Corrections supervision.

The judge made a contingent ruling of two years or earned release time, whichever is greater. DiBartolo will have to report to a DOC supervisor and work in approved DOC jobs.

DiBartolo has served sentence at a Rhode Island prison. His return to Spokane comes more than 23 years after his wife’s murder.

The murder happened on Nov. 22, 1996, in Lincoln Park.

DiBartolo told told police two black men robbed them. But evidence from the scene later proved that DiBartolo shot his wife, Patty, in the head and tried to cover up the crime by shooting himself.

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