Portray contractor who polluted Susquehanna River to get early launch from federal jail over COVID-19 worry

A portray contractor who polluted the Susquehanna River whereas engaged on the George Wade Bridge has satisfied a decide to launch him early from federal jail.

U.S. Center District Senior Choose Sylvia H. Rambo permitted a compassionate launch plea by 64-year-old Andrew Manganas due to his sick well being and his claims he’s unusually in danger from COVID-19.

Federal prosecutors adamantly opposed Manganas’ request to be freed after serving simply 26 months of a 46-month jail sentence.

Manganas, proprietor of Panthera Portray, was despatched to jail in 2019 on fees that his staff allowed paint particles to fall into the river whereas engaged on the Wade Bridge from 2010 to 2013.

In 2018, the Pittsburgh-area man pleaded responsible to violating the Clear Water Act, stealing from an worker profit plan and wire fraud.

But throughout his sentencing listening to, he advised Rambo he had not really dedicated any crimes. Along with the jail time period, Rambo fined Manganas $200,000.

In granting Manganas compassionate launch, Rambo cited his medical points, together with a battle with blood most cancers, that she discovered place him at higher threat if he contracts COVID-19 whereas behind bars.

Prosecutors argued that Manganus already recovered from one bout with COVID-19 earlier this 12 months and that he would have entry to vaccination towards the virus whereas on the federal jail in Butner, North Carolina.

“Manganas needs to be required to proceed serving his sentence for severe federal felonies,” prosecutors Christian T. Haugsby and Martin Harrell wrote. “Manganas has by no means demonstrated that he appreciates the seriousness of his legal offenses; as a substitute, he has persistently tried to low cost them and his personal culpability.”

In granting the discharge request, Rambo discovered Manganas’ well being considerations to be legitimate.

“Given these concerns, and conscious that the vaccine itself just isn’t bullet-proof and that Manganas’s medical circumstances are themselves life-threatening, Manganas has proven extraordinary and compelling circumstances however the supply of the COVID-19 vaccination,” the decide wrote.

The information that Manganas “doesn’t pose a hazard to the neighborhood,” already has served some jail time and can stay on probation represent “simply punishment” for his crimes, Rambo concluded.