Former Trump campaign aide asks to finish prison sentence at home, citing coronavirus

Former Trump campaign aide asks to finish prison sentence at home, citing coronavirus
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE's former deputy campaign chairman Richard Gates is asking to serve the remainder of his 45-day jail sentence at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a court filing. 

Gates’s lawyer Thomas Green asked for the modification over a “change in circumstances” since Gates was sentenced on Dec. 17. 

Green cited fears that if Gates remains in prison, he would get the virus and bring it home to his wife, who is being treated for cancer. 


“The gravity of the virus and its potential impact on Mrs. Gates are substantial. If Mr. Gates were to return to his home carrying the virus, it could create serious ramifications for his wife. Due to her cancer treatment, her immune system is compromised, placing her at heightened risk for serious side effects or worse if she were to be infected with the coronavirus,” Green wrote in the filing

Gates was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges involving financial fraud and lying to investigators. It's not clear how many days remain of his sentence.  

He avoided a significant prison sentence due to assistance he gave to prosecutors; federal sentencing guidelines would have recommended between 46 months and 57 months in prison based on Gates’s charges. 

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