551-Pound Man Wanted House Arrest Sentence Reduced For Being Too Heavy To Leave Home
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TREAURE ISLAND, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A 551-pound man wanted his house arrest sentence to be reduced because he is too heavy to leave his home anyway.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that Steven Goodman, 70, received that sentence in August 2012 for supplying more than 1 million oxycodone and other prescription pills to “pain management” clinics run by Christopher and Jeffrey George Wellington.
The Wellington twins are currently serving 14 and 15-and-a-half years respectfully for disbursing illegal pills at clinics in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Wilton Manors.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra, who sentenced Goodman, was unmoved by Goodman’s request.
Goodman was only sentenced to house arrest because the prison system is not equipped to handle someone so large.
“He can’t dress or bathe himself, and prison beds wouldn’t accommodate him,” the judge said. The judge was also worried about Goodman being exposed to unlimited prison food.
Goodman has seven months left on that sentence and his lawyer, Edward Page, would like that to be nullified. “For Goodman, home confinement with electronic monitoring is both unnecessary and futile because his physical and medical condition effectively confines him to his home,” Page wrote in a 10-page request.
“Goodman cannot fit in a car or public bathrooms, and has an extreme fear of falling,” Page went on to say. “His fear is so overwhelming, he just stays home rather than venturing out. Goodman spends most days in his bedroom in isolation.”
Goodman has only left his home three times since his sentencing; which was for his visits to the hospital, religious ceremonies, and his wedding.
Goodman’s doctor has given him 12 months to live due to his condition. Goodman suffers from a heart condition, sleep apnea, and an incurable disease of the lymph system.
Goodman wants to visit his friends in Cincinnati before he passes, but the judge questions how Goodman would travel with his limited mobility.
“If defendant’s health and obesity effectively confines him to his home, then continuation of that restriction will not adversely affect him,” Marra ruled.
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