(WIVB) – Attorneys for former Rep. Chris Collins is asking for his prison sentence to be changed to supervised release with home confinement due to concerns about COVID-19 in prisons.
They are also asking that his report date for his sentence be moved back to Dec. 8. He’s currently scheduled to report to prison on Oct. 13.
Former Rep. Chris Collins has once against asked a judge to delay the start of his prison sentence until December 8th. It is currently scheduled to start on October 13th. This time, he is also asking for the judge to consider modifying his sentence.
— Chris Horvatits (@ChrisHorvatits4) October 2, 2020
In January, Collins was sentenced to 26 months in a federal prison in Pensacola, Fla. as a result of his guilty plea on inside trading charges.
Collins’ attorneys stated in their request to the court that Collins is at high risk to suffer life-threatening consequences if he catches COVID-19.
“Prisons remain a particularly dangerous place for those at high risk of mortality from a
COVID-19 infection,” their submission reads. “At the time of Mr. Collins’ sentencing in January, the pandemic was unforeseen. Changed circumstances have been swift and calamitous.”
The U.S. Attorney’s office in NYC had no comment Thursday night.