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Lee Hughes released from jail.

Byline: LEE HUGHES.

FOOTBALLER Lee Hughes has been released from jail to re-launch his career after serving three years for killing a man in a car crash.

The former Albion striker, who has signed for Oldham Athletic, was being held at Featherstone Prison, near Wolverhampton.

Smethwick-born Hughes was in Meriden, near Coventry, in November, 2003, in his pounds 100,000 Mercedes when it hit a vehicle carrying Douglas and Maureen Graham from Coventry.

Mr Graham was killed instantly and his widow died in her sleep 13 months later.

Hughes, 31, who joined the Baggies from Kidderminster and had a spell with Coventry City, surrendered himself to the police 36 hours later.

He was sacked by Albion from his pounds 16,000-a-week contract after a jury at Coventry Crown Court in 2004 found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. He was jailed for six years.

Hughes, who successfully applied for parole earlier this year, kept up a regular training regime while behind bars and negotiated a contract with Oldham.

Road safety campaigner Tony Dring, media spokesman for the Campaign Against Drink Driving, which has campaigned for tougher sentences for killer drivers, today criticised Hughes' original sentence, saying: Six years for taking someone's life is a pitiful tally."

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