Parent Compassionate Release
April 12, 2021
United States v. Warren
United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division
2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68871
Mother of four granted compassionate release
On October 9, 2018, Helen Michelle Warren was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment for one count of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Warren has only three months of her sentence left to serve, with a projected release date of July 24, 2021.
Warren has four children, aged 9, 11, 17, and 19; the three youngest live with her parents who were appointed as the guardians of Warren’s minor children upon her imprisonment, however Warren’s mother, Priscella Ramsey, has a history of diabetes, lung cancer, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and COPD. Mrs. Ramsey is also currently receiving treatment for or has been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary disease, severe anxiety disorder, chronic pain related to multifocal osteoarthritis, cerebrovascular disease, carotid artery stenosis, subclavian artery stenosis, and seizure disorder. Mrs. Ramsey’s doctor noted in August of 2020 that “her conditions make it difficult for her to provide for her husband who requires assistance with activities in daily living.” Warren’s father, Mr. Ramsey, suffers from high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and spine deterioration, which all cause him to be dependent on Mrs. Ramsey to function in daily life.
(parent compassionate release)
Furthermore, the three minor children in the care of Warren’s parents each have psychological disorders that make it especially difficult for Warren’s ailing parents to care for them. Warren’s 19-year-old daughter is unable to assist in the care of the minor children because she herself suffers from a severe learning disability. Finally, Warren has asthma, potential hypertension, and a thyroid condition, all of which place her at elevated risk for complications were she to contract COVID-19.