Mr. Owens filed a motion for compassionate release, citing that he suffers from hypertension, obesity, an abdominal hernia, and only has one kidney, so he would be at high risk of severe illness if he were to contract COVID-19. The court found that although Mr. Owens' conditions put him at a higher risk for COVID-19, he did "not allege any specific conditions at FCI Allenwood-Medium that put him at an increased risk for contracting COVID-19 when compared to other prisoners at FCI Allenwood-Medium or when compared to prisoners at other BOP Prisons." Thus, it denied the motion.
United States v. Owens, No. 2:13-CR-00073, 2020 WL 5578413 (S.D.W. Va. Sept. 16, 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
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
S.D. W. Va.
Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
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.
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Hypertension (high blood pressure), Obesity, Other, Abdominal hernia, no left kidney
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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