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Home Confinment Not an Option in Federal Covid Appeal

A convicted felon saw his bid for relief from the dangers posed by the Covid-19 pandemic denied by a federal appeals panel, which ruled that the district court judge was right to deny the Chicago man’s request for compassionate release. James Saunders claimed poor health made him susceptible to the Coronavirus after serving six months of a five-year stretch for his part in an interstate gun ring. A judge in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied his petition for home confinement, citing the seriousness of the offense.

Saunders was one of four men caught in a sting operation after he sold a cache of semi-automatic weapons brought from Missouri to police informants in the Windy CIty. In addition to being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, Saunders also pleaded guilty to not possessing a license to deal guns and was sentenced in January 2020. While calling the man’s history of cardio-pulmonary problems sufficient to meet the “compelling and extraordinary” standard under federal sentencing codes, the appeals panel agreed that the power to grant Saunders relief lies with the Bureau of Prisons and not the district court.

If you have been charged with a weapons offense in Illinois, the DuPage County Criminal Defense Attorneys at The Chicagoland Law Firm possess the knowledge and expertise to advocate on your behalf. To speak with Dupage Gun Lawyer, contact our offices in Downers Grove and downtown Chicago. While we can’t offer legal advice until you retain us, this free consultation will help us to learn about the facts in your case. We are your best defense.

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