Compassionate release granted to 57-year-old individual with unspecified serious medical and physical conditions. Court noted that his original sentence, issued in 1995, would have been far less if issued today and was disproportionate to sentence of a co-conspirator. The court refused to impose a quarantine period and instead requested that the defendant be tested before release.
United States v. McPherson, No. 3:94-cr-05708-RJB, Dkt. No. 209 (W.D. Wash. Apr. 14, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Elderly, Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions, Pretrial Detention [jail], Significant Criminal History
Conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery; armed bank robbery (two counts); Using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence (two counts)
Compassionate Release Exhaustion Holdingsin Federal Case
Exhaustion is subject to equitable exceptions.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Age, Asthma, Diabetes, High Cholesterol, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Obesity, Other, PTSD, kidney stones, back pain, hearing loss, surgery of abdominal aortic aneurysm
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
"Serious medical and physical conditions" not specified.
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
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