Mr. Rice filed for compassionate release based on his asthma, obesity, and Crohn's Disease. The court concluded that these health conditions were "extraordinary and compelling reasons" to warrant sentence reduction. It went on to conclude that Rice served "an overwhelming majority of his sentence," made rehabilitative efforts while incarcerated, and participated in a drug treatment program. Thus, Mr. Rice was granted compassionate release.
United States v. Rice, No. 5:05-CR-00042, 2020 WL 5569616 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 17, 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
Compassionate Release Specific Characteristics
Went to trial
Case Tracking Number
MORE CASE INFORMATION
Place of Incarceration
First Step Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)
14 day quarantine; supervised release remains at 10 years
"possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A)."
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
Asthma, Obesity, Other, Crohn's Disease
Pre-Existing Health Conditions Notes
Obesity (BMI 31.4)
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