Amber M. Brennan, United States Attorney's Office, for Plaintiff.
Shannon R. Elkins, Office of the Federal Defender, for Defendant.
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
SUSAN RICHARD NELSON, District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on Defendant's Motion for Release Pending Sentencing [Doc. No. 49]. The Government opposes Defendant's motion [Doc. No. 50]. For the reasons set forth below, the Court denies Defendant's motion.
Defendant was charged by Information with possession of a stolen firearm (Count 1) in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(j) and 924(a)(2). (Information [Doc. No. 44].) On July 17, 2013, Defendant entered a guilty plea to Count 1 and was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal. (July 17, 2013, Court Mins. [Doc. No. 45].)
On November 8, 2013, Defendant moved the Court for release pending sentencing in order to receive medical services. (Mot. and Mem. for Release Pending Sentencing at 1 [Doc. No. 49].) Defendant requested a hearing on this issue as well. (Id.) Defendant claims that he previously hurt his wrist and has seen doctors at the Sherburne County Jail, who are "unwilling or unable to help him with his wrist pain." (Id. at 2.) Defendant believes that his wrist "requires an MRI and possibly surgery to repair the ligaments." (Id.) To date, Defendant has received Tylenol and ibuprofen for treatment. (Id.)
In support of his request, Defendant cites 18 U.S.C. § 3143(a)(1) and 18 U.S.C. § 3142(g). Defendant argues that he is not at risk of flight, and he does not pose a danger to anyone or the community. (Mot. and Mem. for Release Pending Sentencing at 3-5 [Doc. No. 49].
The Court respectfully disagrees. If Defendant were released from custody, he would reside with his wife and three young children. Although Defendant submits that he has a stable home life with a supportive family, his documented history of violence and substance abuse causes the Court concern. Defendant has three convictions that are considered crimes of violence, one of which is second-degree assault on his own wife. Considering the stress that his upcoming sentencing may bring, the Court is not persuaded that he will pose no danger to others if released from custody. Moreover, Defendant's wrist problems do not restrict his ability to flee.
The Court has reviewed Defendant's medical records from Sherburne County Jail. These records reflect that Defendant had tendinitis in his wrist, and he fell and injured his wrist shortly before his arrest. Defendant was treated for tendinitis with Tylenol and ibuprofen. An x-ray shows that Defendant did not break his wrist. An MRI was found to be "not clinically warranted" at least twice. Recently, Defendant developed a lump on his wrist, which has been diagnosed as a possible cyst. The medical records do not indicate that these problems are life threatening or severe by any means. Accordingly, the Court declines to release Defendant for medical services with his own doctor at this time.
For these reasons, the Court denies Defendant's motion for release pending sentencing. Defendant's request for a hearing ...