Granted compassionate release for petitioner held at Metropolitan Correctional Center, serving the last 7 months of his 5 year sentence for conspiracy to participate in a violent RICO enterprise. The court found exhaustion was met after the government waived the administration requirement. The court had forcefully urged the government to do so and had directed "that the USAO, if necessary at the highest level of the Office, give urgent thought to whether the seemingly elusive benefits of invoking that doctrine in this case outweigh the potentially catastrophic human consequences of deferring Mr. Knox’s release by two weeks." Although the court mentions Defendant was high risk, there are no health conditions on the record that demonstrate this risk. Nevertheless, defendant was released, as he was likely to pose little danger to the community and had little of his sentence remaining.
United States v. Knox, 15-cr-445 (PAE), Dkt. 1088 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 10, 2020).
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison]
Compassionate Release Case
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Place of Incarceration
Federal Detention Center [typically federal pretrial detention]
Name of Facility
Metropolitan Correctional Center
First Step Act Exhaustion, First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
Time Served, Remainder of sentence (until 10/28/20) in home confinement.
Conspiracy to participate in a violent RICO enterprise
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
Other, Exhaustion waived after strong prior recommendation from judge.
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