Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

No Early Release for Ex-Trivillian's Owner ; Ex-Pharmacist Sought Early Release, No Halfway House after Prison

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

No Early Release for Ex-Trivillian's Owner ; Ex-Pharmacist Sought Early Release, No Halfway House after Prison

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A federal judge last week denied a motion for early release and said he has no control over whether the former owner and lead pharmacist of Trivillian's Pharmacy must spend part of her sentence for health-care fraud in a halfway house. Paula Butterfield last month asked U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver to consider releasing her early and to go straight home from the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson.

Butterfield, 73, has a place to live and doesn't need to spend time in a halfway house, or program designed to help inmates re- enter society, her motion states.

She is set to report to a halfway house in Charleston, Dismas Charities, on Oct. 17.

Copenhaver wrote in an order Sept. 16 that the decision is up to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

"While the court recognizes that the petitioner is not one for whom a transitional period in a community confinement center is necessary, the decision as to where the petitioner is to be housed down to the date of her release, which petitioner understands to be November 21, 2016, is entirely in the hands of the Bureau of Prisons, wrote Copenhaver.

"Should the Bureau of Prisons consider it appropriate to afford the petitioner the relief she requests, the court would have no objection to the granting of the relief so sought by the petitioner.

Butterfield self-reported to the minimum-security prison in Alderson on Jan. 8. She was sentenced in September 2015 to spend a year and a day in prison after pleading guilty to making a false statement relating to health-care matters, health-care fraud and misbranding drugs. Copenhaver also ordered that she serve three years on supervised release and pay a $10,000 fine, as well as about $5,100 in restitution.

Because of good behavior, Butterfield's release date was moved to Nov. 21, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. But she'll still have to spend nearly a month in the halfway house, the judge ruled Sept. …

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