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Crundwell Asks Judge For Compassionate Release

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.

Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returned to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield. She is a former "Newsfinder of the Year" from the Illinois Associated Press and recipient of NIU's Donald R. Grubb Journalism Alumni Award. She is an active member of the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and an adjunct instructor at NIU.
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