The court denied Allen's request for compassionate release because Allen did not show that he would not be a danger to the community upon his release. The court noted his criminal history, the fact that he shot at a law enforcement agent, and recent disciplinary infractions. The court also rejected hypertension as a condition that justifies compassionate release due to increased COVID risk but left unanswered whether blood clots in the left lung could justify compassionate release due to increased COVID risk.
United States v. Allen, No. 3:15-cr-00139, 2020 WL 5563820 (M.D. Tenn. Sept. 17, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Significant Criminal History
Assault of Federal Officers; Using, Carry, Brandishing, and Discharging a Firearm During a Crime of Violence; Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon; Possession of Ammunition by a Convicted Felon. Previous Convictions: Aggravated Burglary; Burglary-Auto; Aggravated Burglary.
Substantial criminal history; narcotics trafficking.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Hypertension (high blood pressure), Other, Blood clots in lung
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
The blood clots in his lung are the result of a knife wound received while incarcerated
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