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Judge denies Martin Shkreli early prison release request despite coronavirus fears
Martin Shkreli reportedly using contraband cell phone to conduct business in prison
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A federal judge has denied "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli's request for early release from prison despite the convicted fraudster's fears of contracting the coronavirus, citing his good health and low risk at the Pennsylvania lockup where he's currently confined.
"Shkreli is a healthy, 37-year-old man with no recent history of preexisting medical conditions that place him at higher risk for COVID-19 and its potentially life-threatening adverse effects,” Judge Kiyo Matsumoto wrote in her decision. "And he is confined in a facility where there are currently no cases of COVID-19."
The news comes following a court filing by Shkreli's lawyers saying the pharmaceutical executive should be given a "compassionate release" from Allenwood Low Federal Correctional Institution for the rest of his sentence on an emergency basis, citing his susceptibility to the virus due to asthma and allergies.