Edwards filed a motion for compassionate release, but the court denied the motion, concluding that Edwards had not established "extraordinary and compelling reasons" to warrant compassionate release. The court acknowledged Edward's "serious health problems," but was not convinced that it was enough to grant release. The court reasoned that Edwards "[served] not even 32% of her sentence, [so] reducing that sentence by almost 70% would produce a sentence that no longer reflects the gravity of Ms. Edwards’s criminal conduct" and that "Ms. Edwards committed a serious felony offense that cost a human being his life."
United States v. Edwards, No. 12-20015-01-DDC, 2020 WL 5802080 (D. Kan. Sept. 29, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
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Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
Carswell Federal Medical Center
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, and methamphetamine, with death and serious bodily injury resulting from the use of the substances; Prior theft convictions
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
An individual can move for compassionate release after 30 days have passed from the date the application was submitted to the warden, irrespective of whether the warden has granted or denied the request.
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