The court denied petitioner’s motion for release under §3145(c). The court stated that due to the nature of her convictions, the long sentence she was facing, the strong weight of evidence against her, and that there was no condition that would assure the court she was not likely to present a flight risk or danger to the community. The court also pointed to the absence of a medically diagnosed condition (petitioner had self-diagnosed with asthma). The court also stated that §3142(i) was not the applicable standard, as petitioner had pled guilty to two of the charges against her. Finally, the court noted that no individuals detained at the facility had COVID-19 or were suspected of having it, only one employee, and that the facility was taking a number of steps to limit the spread of COVID-19.
United States v. Sanchez De Hernandez, No. 3:18-cr-00100-RDM, Dkt. 146 (M.D. Pa. June 19, 2020)
Criminal (State Charges)
Type of Court
Federal District Court
Type of Case
Post-Conviction Detention [jail or prison], Pre-Existing Health Conditions
Conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance
Pre-Existing Health Conditions
COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic
Possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
COVID-19 in Jail Prison or Detention Center
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