April 2, 2021
Covid-19 Risk Leads to Compassionate Release for Inmate
United States v. Salas-Arroyo
2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63092
Jose Salas-Arroyo pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release. At 60 years old, Salas-Arroyo was scheduled for release on August 8, 2021, but filed for compassionate release due to his age and underlying health conditions.
Salas-Arroyo suffers from type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and is overweight. These conditions, when considered in conjunction with his age, increase the risk of serious complications were he to contract Covid-19.
Because the court recognized Salas-Arroyo’s elevated risk of Covid-19 complications were he to contract the illness, and because he has served 95% of his 120-month sentence, he was granted compassionate release.