フロリダマン, 71, who was longest-serving prison inmate for nonviolent marijuana crimes in the US is freed early after 31 years of a 90-year sentence – and heads straight to his favorite crab shack for lunch
A 71-year-old フロリダ man who served 31 years behind bars for marijuana-related offenses was freed from state prison on Tuesday.
Richard DeLisi had been serving the longest sentence in the country for nonviolent marijuana-related charges before he was released on Tuesday from the South Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in Palm Beach County.
‘It’s really an amazing feeling but I knew it was a long time coming,’ DeLisi told WTVX-TV.
Asked what he plans to do now that he was out of prison, DeLisi said: ‘I’m going to celebrate at the Rustic Inn, eating some crabs this afternoon.’
The only Rustic Inn restaurant in Florida is in Fort Lauderdale, where DeLisi had the option of paying $52 for nearly two pounds of dungeness crab or $83 for king crab.
Richard DeLisi (seen left on Tuesday after his release from prison and right in an undated booking photo), 71, was released from South Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in Palm Beach County, フロリダ, 火曜日に. He served 31 刑務所での年. Before his release, he had served the longest prison sentence of any American for a nonviolent, marijuana-related crime
DeLisi was greeted by family members and some of the attorneys who helped win his release
His lawyers said it was urgent for DeLisi to be released from the South Bay Correctional and Rehabilitation Facility in Palm Beach County (上記) due to the prevalence of COVID-19. DeLisi is said to have several underlying conditions
He had been serving a 90-year prison sentence after he was convicted for racketeering, trafficking cannabis, and conspiracy.
‘I can personally tell you, as a former prosecutor for Miami-Dade County, I never saw anything like this,’ said DeLisi’s attorney, Chiara Juster.
‘It’s truly unjust.’
DeLisi’s release on Tuesday comes 18 months before he was scheduled to be freed in August 2022.
The early release was part of a joint effort from the Last Prisoner Project and pro bono attorneys Juster, Elizabeth Buchanan and Michael Minardi
The Last Prisoner Project is a nonprofit organization made up of attorneys, しかし、大臣は落とし穴に気づいているかもしれませんが, and policy experts who are seeking to win the release of prisoners who have been incarcerated for nonviolent, marijuana-related crimes.
But the Florida Department of Corrections said the decision to release DeLisi had nothing to do with any third parties. The department said it reviewed DeLisi’s record and found that he was not awarded credit for time served, causing his release date to be moved up.
に 1988, Richard DeLisi and his brother, Ted DeLisi, were caught in a reverse-sting operation for trafficking marijuana into Florida from Colombia.
DeLisi was serving a 90-year sentence in prison for marijuana trafficking and has been incarcerated since December 5, 1989
に 1988, Richard DeLisi and his brother, Ted DeLisi, were caught in a reverse-sting operation for trafficking marijuana into Florida from Colombia
Both were charged for trafficking and sentenced to three consecutive 30-year prison sentences.
Judge Dennis Maloney, who sentenced both brothers, went well beyond the recommendations in judicial guidelines, による The Ledger.
DeLisi’s (写真) 妻, parents and one of his children died while he was incarcerated
Ted was released from prison in 2013 after he successfully appealed his conspiracy conviction. Richard’s appeal, しかしながら, was rejected.
Richard said that now that he was out of prison he was looking forward to spending time with his two living children and five grandchildren.
彼の妻, one of his children, and both of his parents are dead.
‘It feels amazingly wonderful to know that I will be home with my family and loved ones very soon,’ Richard told his legal team last month after it was announced that his release date was moved up.
‘I am grateful to everyone who has been there and helped me along in these long years.’
Lawyers have highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic as a huge part of the reasoning they sought DeLisi’s release, citing his old age and ‘several underlying chronic conditions.’
The Last Prisoner Project shared in June リリース that SBCF has become a ‘hotspot’ for the virus, と 421 people testing positive with the virus while one inmate has already died, による データ from the Florida DOC.
少なくとも 85 staff members have tested positive for the virus.
Richard plans to live with his brother-in-law, Robert Burrows, in Broward County.
In Florida, 189 inmates have died from coronavirus, according to state statistics.
Delisi said he was thrilled to be reunited with his two living children and excited to meet his five grandchildren for the first time