Compassionate parole granted to Columbia man jailed for marijuana and money laundering crimes

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A Columbia man sentenced to 23 years in federal prison was released on compassionate grounds today by a U.S. District Judge.

Eric McCauley was convicted in 2012 of marijuana and money laundering offenses.

In his order, Judge Stephen Bough said: “After reviewing the case, the Court finds that further incarceration is not necessary to reflect the gravity of the defendant’s crimes, to promote respect for the law or to fairly punish his offenses. . The accused has already spent more than 12 years in prison.

McCauley’s attorney, Barry Grissom, said: “The First Step Act of 2018 allowed federal judges to re-examine unduly harsh sentences imposed on individuals like Mr. McCauley and determine whether there are extraordinary and compelling reasons for a reconsideration. of continued incarceration. We are grateful that Justice Bough saw fit to order the release of my client after more than a decade of service. “

McCauley was serving a sentence at the Federal Correctional Facility (FCI) – Coleman Low in Florida.

In a joint statement, Ann McCauley and Ethan McCauley, Eric’s mother and son, said: “We are overwhelmed by the joy of being reunited with our family and by the support of the community.

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