March 31, 2021 – Albert Parish
Quality of Life Considered in the Context of Health in Granting Compassionate Release
United States v. Albert Parish
2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61684
Albert E. Parish pled guilty to Mail Fraud and Making False Statements arising out of a financial swindle in which he converted funds of hundreds of his clients in his investment businesses to support a lavish lifestyle. At 63 years old, Parish has served 153 months of an anticipated sentence of 249 months. Parish suffers from a variety of medical conditions, the most significant of which include a 100% distal blockage of the LAD, which is not operative, and a moderate level of chronic kidney disease, which is one category above severe kidney disease. Additionally, Albert Parish suffers from Type II adult onset diabetes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and obesity. He uses a walker to ambulate and has survived a bout of COVID-19. He is presently housed at Butner Medical Center in a minimum security setting.
Parish has no documented disciplinary infractions and has taken and completed over 150 academic courses while he has been incarcerated. He has a release plan in place in which he will reside with his wife, and the court agrees that he poses no meaningful threat to public safety.
The court asserted that the combined effect Albert Parish’s significant array of cardiac, kidney, vascular, and other chronic conditions, exacerbated by his advancing age, makes it highly probable that he faces a progressing declining health status in an institutional setting and would not survive until his anticipated release date at age 71. After serving nearly 13 years of incarceration, the Court found that when all factors were examined, they tipped decidedly toward compassionate release.