Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Attorney Opposes Inmate's Early Release

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Attorney Opposes Inmate's Early Release

Article excerpt

The federal government says a prison inmate who was part of the largest drug ring ever prosecuted in Western Pennsylvania does not deserve early release from prison.

Omari Patton, 36, who is not due for release until 2023, is asking for a reduction because he says an amendment to the U.S. sentencing guidelines that retroactively lowered penalties for drug offenses should apply to him.

But the U.S. Attorney's office said Amendment 706, which Patton cited in a letter to U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose, applies only to cocaine and crack, not to the heroin for which Patton was charged with dealing.

Patton was an underling to drug kingpins Oliver Beasley and Donald Lyles, who from 1998 to 2002 flooded the region with heroin and cocaine from New Jersey, New York and Atlanta. …

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