Compassionate release granted to individual serving already-commuted sentence. Defendant had suffered a transient ischemic attack and was at increased risk of stroke. Court found defendant had significantly rehabilitated himself through twenty years of incarceration and reduced sentence to time served.
United States v. Jenkins, No. 1:99-cr-00439-JLK, Dkt. No. 485 (D. Colo. May 8, 2020).
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Other, Release, Delaying Reporting
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Has a disciplinary history, Has a significant criminal history, Only served a small portion of their sentence (less than 33%), Went to trial
Five years supervised release; cognitive behavioral therapy treatment; home quarantine for 14 days upon release; COVID-19 screening; prohibited from firearm possession
Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; possession of firearms during and in relation to drug trafficking crime (two counts)
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., Exhaustion is subject to equitable exceptions.
Age unspecified, implied to be between 50 and 65; BMI unspecified but categorized as obese
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
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