Guzman submitted an emergency motion for compassionate release due to his obesity, which put him at greater risk of harm if he were to contract COVID-19. His motion was denied because "general concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19 do not
meet the criteria for extraordinary and compelling reasons for a reduction in sentence" and the court concluded that Guzman's obesity was being managed by the prison. Also, the court concluded that Guzman's criminal history of possession and distribution of illicit substances did "not favor a reduced sentence."
United States v. Guzman, No. CR 13-00565 HG-01, 2020 WL 5579548 (D. Haw. 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
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
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Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
United States Penitentiary Lompoc
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
Conspiracy to Possess 500 Grams or More of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1) and 841 (b)(1)(A); Possession of 500 Grams or More Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A); criminal history of possessing and distributing illicit substances starting at age 12.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Obesity (BMI 33.2)
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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