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Court grants Jordan Jucutan’s request for compassionate release

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CHIEF Judge Ramona V. Manglona of the District Court for the NMI on Thursday granted Jordan Jucutan’s request for compassionate release.

In granting Jucutan’s motion, the judge reduced his sentence to time served and ordered the U.S. Bureau of Prison to release the former Army Reserve member within 48 hours of the order.

In addition, she ordered Jucutan to home quarantine for at least 14 days after his release.

“All the other terms of Jucutan’s original sentence remain in effect, including the imposition of three years supervised release,” the judge said.

In her  written order, she said “the ongoing pandemic — grave as it is — does not entitle every federal inmate to immediate release.”

“Nevertheless,” she added, “the circumstance surrounding this case are exceptional.”

The judge said Jucutan is not a violent offender or someone in need of rehabilitation.

She noted that the fraud Jucutan committed involved a relatively small dollar amount committed over the span of years.

“There are many individuals the court would not consider releasing into the community — pandemic notwithstanding — but Jucutan is not one of them,” Judge Manglona said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe asked the judge to reconsider her decision, but she denied his motion.

Jucutan started serving his 28-month sentence on July 17, 2019 and with four months’ reduction for good time, he would be released on July 11, 2021.

He was charged with engaging in a scheme to defraud the U.S. government and obtaining money falsely by claiming he referred nominees or potential soldiers to enlist in the Army Reserve. He received $2,000 for every nominee that enlisted and went through the training. Jucutan said he recruited a total of 38 nominees.

Jucutan, 33, is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.

His lawyers, Danielle Pfifferling and Barbara Butterworth,  said he has underlying medical conditions, obesity and asthma, and has a high risk of contracting Covid-19.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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