The court granted Witter’s release pending sentencing. Even though Witter was subject to mandatory detention because he was convicted of a crime under the Controlled Substances Act with a maximum of over ten years, he had shown “exceptional circumstances” because of COVID-19. Witter has hypertension and took an ACE inhibitor to treat it, which increased his risk of COVID-19. The court also determined that as he was a nonviolent offender, he was neither likely to flee nor posed a danger to the community.
United States v. Witter, No. 19-Cr-568 (SHS), Dkt. 40 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 26, 2020)
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