Harris filed motion for compassionate release after serving almost half of his 132-month sentence. Harris had no pre-existing conditions, but sought release because "the general danger of contracting COVID-19 in FCI Gilmer, compounded by his racial and ethnic background, present such extraordinary circumstances" and he wishes to care for his grandmother. The court denied compassionate release because Harris did not articulate "extraordinary or compelling reasons" for his release. The court found that he was not in any more danger of contracting COVID than any other inmate and that his grandmother can be cared for by her daughter or son. In addition, the court found, in relation to Harris' convictions, that "the number of such attacks, spread over several years, demonstrates both the need for specific deterrence and a proclivity towards violence that gives rise to a strong interest in protecting the public from Harris."
United States v. Harris, No. 15 CR. 445-11 (PAE), 2020 WL 5801051 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 29, 2020)
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