The court denied Laut's motion for compassionate release because he did not present "extraordinary and compelling" reasons for release. It concluded that Laut did not demonstrate that his heart disease and history of smoking would make him more likely to suffer complications from COVID-19, especially because he already contracted coronavirus, was asymptomatic, and recovered. Also, the court noted that his self-reported heart conditions were not verified by his medical records. Regarding the sentencing factors, the court noted that Mr. Laut abused his former position as a first responder, indicating "the lengths he would go to obtain drugs if he were to relapse."
United States v. Laut, No. 3:17-CR-30001-NJR-1, 2020 WL 5801831 (S.D. Ill. Sept. 29, 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
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Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
United States Penitentiary Marion Prison Camp
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
38 counts related to wire fraud, false statements, aggravated identity theft, and tampering with a consumer product with reckless disregard that another person would be placed in danger of death or bodily injury, and under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to such risk.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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