Judge rejects Madoff’s plea for early release
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.