The court granted Danson’s motion for compassionate release because he was suffering from some undiagnosed illness possibly of the heart, liver, or kidney that caused fainting, dizziness, vomiting, severe chest and stomach pain, bloody stool, and abnormal blood test results. The court noted that FMC Lexington had one of the worst COVID outbreaks at the time and that if he were sentenced today, Danson would not be considered a career offender. It also emphasized that Danson had taken positive steps towards rehabilitation while incarcerated.
United States v. Danson, No. CR 10-0051-PLF, 2020 WL 3467887 (D.D.C. June 25, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
District of Columbia
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Was sentenced as a Career Offender under the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
Federal Medical Center Lexington
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
Conspiracy to participate in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization (“RICO”)
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Other, Smoking, Substance Use Disorder, Unknown Illness (causing fainting, dizziness, vomiting, severe chest and stomach pain, bloody stool, and abnormal blood test results)
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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