A 40-year-old Bellows Falls drug dealer with at least six prior convictions shouldn’t be released from prison, federal prosecutors say. But his public defender says he’s at risk of dying of Covid-19 in prison.
"[Christopher] Paige presents a danger that cannot be addressed by conditions of supervised release," wrote U.S. Attorney for Vermont Christina Nolan, in opposition to the motion, which was filed on April 28. "Mr. Paige is in terrible health making him particularly susceptible to COVID-19," wrote Public Defender David L. McColgin in the motion for release. Releasing Paige to home confinement, he wrote, "will help ensure that Mr. Paige does not die in custody ..." If released, Paige will return to Bellows Falls to live with his parents. In October 2019, Paige was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to two counts of possession with intent to deliver more than 40 grams of fentanyl and possession of a weapon by a felon. Paige has been in custody since his arrest on Dec. 12, 2018. His scheduled release date is March 2, 2025."
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