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Crundwell Asks Judge For Compassionate Release

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Dixon’s imprisoned former comptroller is requesting an early release due to the threat of coronavirus.

Rita Crundwell is currently serving a nearly 20-year sentence at a federal prison in Pekin, Illinois.

She was sentenced in 2013 for stealing $53 million dollars from the City of Dixon over more than two decades.

In a handwritten letter to U.S. District Judge Philip Reinhard, Crundwell outlined her reasoning for the so called “compassionate release.” The 67-year-old says she suffers from hypertension and scoliosis. And she says she has been described as a model inmate. If released, Crundwell says she would live at her brother’s farm in Dixon.

She also filed a request with the prison warden.

Crundwell’s release is still far from a done deal.

A federal defender has been appointed to represent Crundwell. A status report is due this week. The  government has until June 5 to file a response. Crundwell can then file a reply near the end of June.

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