Judge re­jects Mad­off’s plea for early re­lease

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

NEW YORK — A dy­ing Bernard Mad­off lost his bid for early re­lease from prison Thurs­day when the judge who sen­tenced him to 150 years be­hind bars said he in­tended for him to die there and noth­ing has hap­pened in the last 11 years to change his mind.

Judge Denny Chin, who now sits on the 2nd U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals, noted the con­tin­u­ing suf­fer­ing of Mad­off’s thou­sands of vic­tims who lost $17.5 bil­lion when a decades-long scheme that de­ceived them into think­ing their money was in­vested prop­erly was ex­posed in De­cem­ber 2008.

Mad­off, 82, housed at the Fed­eral Med­i­cal Cen­ter in But­ner, N.C., had re­quested com­pas­sion­ate re­lease, which lets some pris­on­ers go home if they are likely to die within 18 months. Prison au­thor­i­ties had de­ter­mined Mad­off was likely to die within that time of kid­ney dis­ease.

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