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Chris Collins seeks to delay prison sentence

WHECTV
Updated: March 01, 2020 06:52 AM
Created: February 29, 2020 09:02 PM

NEW YORK  (WHEC) – Former Congressman Chris Collins' attorneys have filed paperwork to delay his prison sentence for insider trading. 

Collins' legal team sent a letter to Judge Vernon S. Broderick on Friday asking that Collins' report date be changed to April 21 of this year. Collins is currently scheduled to enter prison on March 17, but the letter from his legal team expresses concerns that Collins may not be processed into the Bureau of Prisons system in time for Collins' report date.

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Prisoners are usually processed between 30 and 45 days before they enter, Collins' team says, while at the time of the letter's writing there were only 18 days left until Collins' reporting day.

Collins, a Republican who served New York's 27th District, was sentenced to 26 months in prison in January for insider trading and lying to the FBI in a case related to an Australian biotech company. He also had to pay a $200,000 fine and spend a year on probation. He resigned from his seat shortly before pleading guilty in 2019. 


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