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United States v. Butler

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

April 7, 2020, Decided; April 7, 2020, Filed

1:18-CR-00834 (PAE)



PAUL A. ENGELMAYER, District Judge:

The Court has received a request from counsel for defendant Denard Butler seeking Butler's compassionate release from the Metropolitan Detention Center ("MDC") in Brooklyn, New York, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c), in light of the heightened risk that the COVID-19 pandemic presents for him. Dkt. 453. The Government opposes this request. Dkt. 458.

Butler has been in prison since January 30, 2019. On June 5, 2019, he pled guilty to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy for his involvement in the Brooklyn-based Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang. On January 30, 2020, this Court sentenced Butler to a term of 60 months' imprisonment to be followed by three years' supervised release.

On April 3, 2020, Butler filed a letter motion seeking a modification of his sentence [*2]  on grounds relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dkt. 453. Butler asks the Court to modify his sentence to enable him serve the remainder of his prison term—approximately 45 months—in home confinement. Dkt. 453. Butler notes that he suffers from asthma and bradycardia, a heart condition. He argues that removing him from the MDC would reduce the risk that he will contract COVID-19. Id.

On April 6, 2020, the Government filed a letter in opposition. Dkt. 458. It opposes Butler's early release for reasons including that Butler has yet to serve the bulk of his sentence, that he has a long and violent criminal history, and that his instant offense is serious. Id.

Under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), "upon motion of the defendant after the defendant has fully exhausted all administrative rights to appeal a failure of the [BOP] to bring a motion on the defendant's behalf," a court may reduce such defendant's sentence if it finds that "extraordinary and compelling circumstances warrant such a reduction," and that "such a reduction is consistent with the applicable policy statements issued by the Sentencing Commission." 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)(i). The Court must also consider the "factors set forth in section 3553(a) to the extent that they are applicable." Id. § 3582(c)(1)(A).

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2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61021 *


Prior History: United States v. Mack, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4280 (S.D.N.Y., Jan. 10, 2020)


sentence, factors, compassionate, reduction, reasons