Lane Garrison is a free man.

E! News has learned exclusively that the 28-year-old actor was paroled early Wednesday morning from the California Correctional Institute in rural Tehachapi, Calif.

The onetime Prison Break player had been scheduled to be released at 3:15 a.m. About a half-hour later, he was greeted by family and friends outside the prison, located roughly 120 miles north of Los Angeles. A source close to the actor tells us, "He's done his time and now he's looking forward to trying to move on with his life."

Although Garrison is through with prison, the actor will now check himself into an in-patient rehabilitation center in order to shorten his probation period, sources confirm.

In October 2007, Garrison was sentenced to 40 months in state prison after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter for his role in a DUI crash in Beverly Hills that left a 17-year-old boy dead and injured a 15-year-old girl.

At the time of the crash, Garrison had cocaine in his system and his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told E! News that Garrison had earned enough good-behavior credits to warrant his release after serving roughly half of his court-ordered sentence.

"He was sentenced to three years and four months, but inmates, including Mr. Garrison, can earn credits that reduce the time that they spend in prison," says Thornton. "He received half time—meaning that for every day that he participated in a rehabilitative program, he got a day off his sentence."

Thornton adds that Garrison was in a substance abuse treatment program while in prison and was even a peer mentor to other inmates while he served his time. In order to be a mentor in prison, the inmate cannot have any disciplinary infractions.

Garrison has been in state prison since Nov. 20, 2007, and, through various transfers, has been housed among the general population. Prior to entering the California Department of Corrections, Garrison underwent a 90-day diagnostic exam in an L.A. County facility to determine whether he was eligible for parole.

All told, the actor was in police custody for 19 months and 3 weeks.

Just last week, Garrison agreed to a financial settlement with the victims and their family members involved in his 2007 car crash.

Details of the private settlement were not disclosed.

—Additional reporting by Elizabeth Chambers

(Originally published April 29, 2009, at 3:30 a.m. PT)

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