Apollo Nida: Released From Prison!

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It's been quite some time since we last heard from Phaedra Parks' ex-husband, Apollo Nida.

Of course, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star wasn't keeping a low profile by choice.

Back in 2014, Nida was sentenced to 8 years in prison on identify theft and bank fraud charges.

Shortly thereafter, he failed to report to prison on time, but he eventually turned himself and began serving his time.

In March, a judge reduced Nida's sentence by more than a year, making him eligible for parole in 2019.

And today, the disgraced 40-year-old strolled through the gates of Fort Dix Correctional Facility a free man.

Well ... sort of.

Nida will reside in an Atlanta-area halfway house for the summer and will likely be permitted to return to a private residence sometime in October.

But we're sure he'd agree his current situation beats the hell out of federal prison.

Nida will be permitted to seek employment, purchase his own food and clothing, and leave the grounds during scheduled hours.

Sherien Almufti With Apollo Nida

Most importantly, he'll be able to spend time with his fiancee in surroundings a bit more intimate than a prison visiting center.

Nida got engaged to Sherien Amulfi from behind bars.

Though they knew each other before he began his sentence, Apollo and Sherien have never spent the night together as a couple.

Nida even crafter an engagement ring for Amulfi from the minimal resources he had access to in prison, and he proposed during one of her visits.

Sherien Almufti Photo

Here's hoping he's rewarded for his ingenuity in the very near future, if you know what we mean.

Apollo pled guilty to all counts against him during his trial and he was reportedly a model prisoner during his time on the inside.

"On behalf of my client Apollo, right now he feels remorse," his attorney Thomas D. Bever told the media after he was sentenced.

"He thought the judge was fair, and accepts his sentence, although he was hoping it would be less.

Nida and Phaedra finalized their divorce in 2016, just months before he proposed to Amulfi.

There was a time when Apollo might have reasonably hoped to be reinstated as an RHOA castmate (It's not easy to find work as a felon and ex-con.) but that at this point that seems unlikely, as Phaedra was axed from the show prior to Season 10.

But hey, today's a day to focus on the positive.

Apollo has served his time, and he'll soon be reunited with his loved ones.

We offer Mr. Nida our sincere congratulations on putting this dark chapter of his life behind him.

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Apollo Nida Quotes

[to Kenya Moore] You best hope nothing happens to me, because you might not have a job. I'm your storyline. I sustain your career . . . I built you, so stop playing games.

Apollo Nida

[on Phaedra and Apollo] I'm done rolling around the mud with pigs.

Kenya Moore