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Back in prison, Russell Erxleben sees himself more victim than con man

By Jazmine Ulloa - American-Statesman Staff

There was a sense of promise the day Russell Erxleben walked out of the dark glass doors of a Beaumont federal prison in June 2005.

In his maroon Suburban, as he and his wife drove out of the sprawling complex of brick and metal, trimmed green grass and coiling barbed wire, she asked him to turn around and take one last look. After nearly five years of incarceration, the former University of Texas and NFL kicker was free.

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