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Chris Collins seeks to delay the date he's set to move into prison

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Posted at 8:10 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 20:10:03-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Former congressman Chris Collins is once again asking a judge to delay the date he is supposed to report to prison to serve his 26-month sentence at FCP Pensacola.

Attorneys for Collins have been arguing since the early spring that Collins' incarceration should be delayed due to COVID-19 concerns.

"Prisons remain a particularly dangerous place for those at high risk of mortality from a COVID-19 infection," wrote attorneys Jonathan Barr and Jonathan New in their submission to the court.

The disgraced congressman for New York's 27th Congressional District is seeking to push his prison reporting date to December 8th, 2020. If that request is denied, and Collins is expected to report on October 13th, his attorneys are asking for a new sentence of time-served with supervised release and home confinement.

"Mr. Collins’ age and health conditions place him at great risk of serious or life-threatening complications should he contract COVID-19 at FPC Pensacola," said New and Barr in their emergency motion.

This is Collins' fourth request for delay because of COVID-19. It is his fifth extension request in total, since his original reporting date of March 17.

Collins pleaded guilty to federal insider trading charges in 2019.