551-Pound Pharmacist Guilty of Pushing Pills Asks For Lighter Sentence Because of Weight

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A Florida pharmacist who was found guilty of helping to illegally distribute more than a million prescription pain pills has asked to have his 30-month house arrest sentence cut short because he weighs 551 pounds and says he is not able to leave his house anyway, reports the Daily Mail.

Steven Goodman, 70, was found guilty in August 2012 of distributing pain medicine like oxycodone to clinics owned by Jeffrey and Christopher George, who are serving 14 and 15 years in prison for selling these drugs illegally. The sting was known as “Operation Oxy Alley” and Goodman was among 32 people who were indicted in connection with the crime. But unlike the others who were found guilty, Goodman was not able to face the music behind bars because his obesity made it impossible for the Florida prison system to accommodate him.

Goodman’s attorney, Edward Page, says his client suffers from heart disease, an incurable lymph condition and sleep apnea and that he is not expected to live beyond the next 12 months. He also argues that the man cannot fit in a car and would not be able to leave his house anyway, so it does not make sense to keep him under house arrest.

Page requested that Goodman be allowed to spend the last seven months of his sentence a “free” man so he could visit friends and family in Ohio before his death.

“For Goodman, home confinement with electronic monitoring is both unnecessary and futile because his physical and medical condition effectively confines him to his home,” Page said.

But U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra was not swayed by Page’s argument, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He says the “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.”

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Source: Daily Mail, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Photo Credit: Rodrigo Senna/Flickr, Richard Graulich/Palm Beach Post


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