Price's motion for compassionate release was granted because of the change in sentencing guidelines for his conviction. He received a mandatory minimum life sentence for a single count of possession with intent to distribute PCP because of his two prior drug convictions. If he was sentenced today, he would have served the minimum 15 years. The court recognized that two of his co-conspirators who played larger roles in the operation were already granted compassionate release. Since all of Price's convictions were nonviolent, "the Court finds that none of the purposes of sentencing would be served by continuing to incarcerate Mr. Price." The court also mentioned that since Price was 57 years old and had some unspecified health conditions, he was vulnerable to COVID.
United States v. Price, No. 07-0152-06 (ESH), 2020 WL 5909789 (D.D.C. Oct. 06, 2020)
Criminal (Federal Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
District of Columbia
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Compassionate Release Case
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Went to trial
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Place of Incarceration
Name of Facility
United States Penitentiary Lewisburg
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
"the Court will modify the conditions of supervised release to include a three-month period of home detention, with location monitoring at the discretion of the Probation
"convicted of a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute one kilogram or more of phencyclidine (“PCP”), in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846, 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A)(iv), 851" and "two prior drug convictions"
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
Age, Other, the court vaguely refers to "some health issues"
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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