Jeffrey Keith Skilling (born November 25, 1953) is an American former businessman and convicted felon best known as the CEO of Enron Corporation during the Enron scandal.
In 2006, he was convicted of federal felony charges relating to Enron's collapse and eventually sentenced to 24 years in prison.
The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in the appeal of the case March 1, 2010.
On June 24, 2010, the Supreme Court vacated part of Skilling's conviction and transferred the case back to the lower court for resentencing.
In April 2011, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the verdict would have been the same despite the legal issues being discussed, and Skilling's conviction was confirmed; however, the court ruled Skilling should be resentenced.
Skilling appealed this new decision to the Supreme Court, but the appeal was denied.
In 2013, the United States Department of Justice reached a deal with Skilling, which resulted in ten years being cut from his sentence, reducing it to 14 years.
He was moved to a halfway house in August 2018 and released from custody in February 2019, after serving 12 years.