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Man Given 20 Years For Crack Is Denied Release From Butner Amid COVID

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 26 – In 2005 Henry Lopez was sentenced to more than 300 months in jail for crack by then Judge Richard Owen - the case is so old, the links are no longer live on PACER. 

 Jump cut to June 26 when U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel held a proceeding on Lopez' request to be released from FCI Butner amid COVID-19. Inner City Press covered it.  

Assistant US Attorney Gentile told Judge Castel that people are safer in FCI Butner Medium II than in New York City, particularly in a half-way house. 

   It was said that after Judge Owen, Lopez got a "reduction" to 240 months for 4.5 kilos of crack. He is 39.  

  Judge Castel politely as always said that the required compelling case had not been made. He noted Lopez may be released to a halfway house in August 2020. Judge Castel wished him well.

The case is US v. Lopez, 03-cr-1492 (Castel).


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