The conditional release from Cheshire Correctional Institution comes following a motion from his attorneys earlier in the month to modify his bond and conditions of release.
His bond was lowered, which will now allow him to visit his 86-year-old father who is dying of cancer in Florida, according to his legal team.
Mawhinney’s defense attorney Lee Gold of Butler Norris & Gold did speak to reporters Monday, thanking the court and Chief States Attorney for agreeing to his client’s release.
“We’re just happy with the compassion of the state in allowing him to deal with his family and see his father in Florida,” said Gold.
Mawhinney, 53, who has been in state custody for nearly a year, is facing charges in the connection with Jennifer Farber Dulos’, Dulos’ estranged wife, disappearance and supposed death in 2019.
Phone records show Mawhinney was at Dulos’ Farmington home when Jennifer disappeared from New Canaan. Authorities allege Mawhinney was part of a plot to give Dulos an alibi.
Investigators said Mawhinney was evasive when questioned about what he knew about the disappearance.
He was already in legal trouble for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife.
Then, came the accusation that Mawhinney may have dug a human grave in the woods of the Windsor Rod and Gun Club, which he founded. It left people to wonder: Was that intended for his own wife for Dulos’s wife?
His $2 million bond has been reduced to just under a quarter of a million dollars. His parents have been able to scrape that together so Mawhinney can get out in time to see his sick father.
Dulos’ former girlfriend Michelle Troconis is also facing charges in Jennifer’s disappearance.
Dulos died in January after an attempt to take his own life at his home in Farmington.
Jennifer has been missing since May 2019.
Mawhinney has plead not guilty to all the accusations against him.
Neither Mawhinney nor his attorneys have indicated whether he is willing to work with prosecutors as they continue to search for Jennifer.