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551-pound convict: Steven Goodman ordered to continue house arrest sentence

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Steven Goodman is a 551-pound convict that has been sentenced to house arrest, and a judge has ordered that things should stay in place as they are. The Inquisitr reported on July 27, 2014, that Goodman was ordered by a federal judge to continue his 30-month sentence even though he pleaded that it should be reduced.

The 70-year-old Goodman was hoping to have it reduced since he weighs too much to leave his home as it is. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Mara had originally put the sentence in place and said it will stay that way.

The judge stated that the house arrest was given to the 551-pound convict "not as a favor to him," but it was done to "spare the Bureau of Prisons the burden of having to care for him."

Goodman's sentence comes from his taking part in a pill mill ring, and he was sentenced back in August of 2012. The illegal pill ring included the likes of Christopher and Jeffrey George. Goodman was said to have supplied as many as one million illegal pills to clinics runs by the George brothers in Florida.

Jeffrey George is currently serving a 15-and-a-half year sentence while his brother Christopher got 14 years.

29 other people were sentenced in the illegal pill mill that ended up causing over 50 deaths.

Judge Mara said that the prison system would have too much trouble trying to house and take care of a 551-pound convict such as Goodman. Not only can Goodman not dress or bathe himself, but he wouldn't even be able to fit on the standard prison beds.

Goodman's lawyer said that his client has an incurable lymph system disease and that doctors advised him he has six to 12 months to live. Goodman would hope that he could travel to Ohio so that he may be able to bid farewell to family and friends.

Goodman's lawyer says the house arrest is "both unnecessary and futile."

Judge Mara disagrees. He states:

“If defendant’s health and obesity ‘effectively confines him to his home,’” as argued by Goodman’s attorney, “then continuation of that restriction will not adversely affect him.”

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