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Judge grants Collins two-month delay in reporting to prison

Cites COVID-19 pandemic
Chris Collins
Posted at 10:54 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 10:54:00-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A federal judge has granted former Rep. Chris Collins' request for another delay in reporting to prison to serve his 26-month-long sentence for insider trading.

U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick on Wednesday granted the request, which means Collins will not have to report to a federal prison in Pensacola, Fla., until June 23. The ruling was first reported by The Buffalo News.

In a letter to Southern District Court Judge Vernon Broderick, attorneys for Collins earlier this week requested that Collins does not have to start serving his sentence until the end of June. Collins had already requested and was granted a delay as he was originally due to start his sentence in mid-March.

In the letter, nationwide concerns about the spread of the coronavirus is cited as a reason for the requested delay, specifically Collins' age, which is over 65 as well as "additional risk factors that place him at a high risk of contracting and suffering severe illness from COVID-19."

Click here to read Collins' letter to the judge and Broderick's approval.