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551-Pound Convict's House Arrest Stands After Request to Reduce It

By    |   Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 02:11 PM

A 551-pound convict sentenced to 30 months of house arrest for running an oxycodone "pill mill" in 2012 had his plea for a reduced sentence rejected by a judge on Monday.

According to NBC affiliate WPTV, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra of West Palm Beach was unmoved by the argument proffered by Steven Goodman, 70, which stated in part that "home confinement with electronic monitoring is both unnecessary and futile because his physical and medical condition effectively confines him to his home."

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After reading over the 10-page plea submitted by Goodman's lawyer, Edward Page, Judge Marra responded in the negative, saying, "Defendant was spared a prison sentence, not as a favor to him, but in order to spare the Bureau of Prisons the burden of having to care for him," WPTV said.

Twins Christopher and Jeffrey George, who ran the logistics of the 1 million pill operation, are serving, respectively, 14 and 15.5 years in prison for their role in distributing at Florida clinics in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Wilton Manors.

Goodman had hoped that because doctors recently diagnosed him with a fatal lymph disease and given him a year to live, the judge would allow him to leave his home, and travel to Ohio to see his friends and family.

"If the court eliminates the home confinement aspect of his sentence, Goodman can endeavor to do this," said Page, according to Salon.com.

Marra, however, questioned how Goodman planned to travel, considering that in his own request it stated that he cannot fit in a car or public bathrooms, and fears falling.

"His fear is so overwhelming, he just stays home rather than venturing out," Page explained before the decision was handed down, WPTV reported. "If defendant’s health and obesity effectively confines him to his home, then continuation of that restriction will not adversely affect him," the judge concluded.



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A 551-pound convict sentenced to 30 months of house arrest for running an oxycodone "pill mill" in 2012 had his plea for a reduced sentence rejected by a judge on Monday.
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