United States v. Matthews

Full title: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. MICHAEL MATTHEWS

Court: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

CRIMINAL ACTION No. 09-612-1

Date published: Aug 31, 2020

Fact:

  • Michael Matthews was convicted of multiple offenses related to a conspiracy to rob a check cashing store in Philadelphia.
  • He was sentenced to 192 months of imprisonment due to his involvement in the conspiracy and his prior criminal history.
  • Matthews has a history of disciplinary issues while incarcerated, including assault, drug possession, and other violations.
  • Matthews suffers from asthma, which has been documented in his medical records, and he has reported symptoms such as chest tightness and difficulty breathing.
  • His wife, who is the primary caregiver for their children, is incapacitated, and Matthews claims that his children need him at home.

Issue:

  • The main issue in this case is whether Matthews qualifies for a reduction of his sentence under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)(i) due to extraordinary and compelling reasons.
  • Matthews argues that his asthma and the risk of COVID-19 in prison, combined with his role as a caregiver for his children, constitute extraordinary and compelling reasons for his release.
  • The government disputes Matthews’ claim, arguing that his circumstances do not meet the standard for a reduction of sentence.

CONCLUSION:

For the foregoing reasons, the Court denies Mr. Matthews’ motion to reduce his sentence under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A)(i). An appropriate order follows.

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