Because some celebrities always feel the need to have special treatment, Fyre Fest organiser Billy McFarland has jumped on the ‘I need early release due to COVID-19’ train.
As the global pandemic of COVID-19 continues to sweep through the world, many imprisoned celebrities have asked for early release in fear that they may catch the virus while incarcerated just as YNW Melly has. Singer-songwriter R. Kelly has requested to be released, and rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine succeeded in his release appeal.
Now, the Fyre Festival fraud Billy McFarland has asked to be released early so he doesn’t catch the virus. He is currently serving in Elkton Federal Prison in Ohio. According to TMZ , McFarland’s lawyers have submitted an appeal due to the fact that the disappointing festival organiser has pre-existing conditions such as allergies, asthma, and heart issues.
Currently, the prison where McFarland is being held has seen an outbreak of the virus – 24 inmates and 15 staff members have caught COVID-19, as well as four prisoners have succumbed to the illness. Congressman Bill Johnson has called the prison a “breeding ground for the virus.”
Cited in his appeal, the lawyers have tried to persuade Judge Buchwald by citing Tekashi 6ix9ine’s release, bringing up the fact that the rapper was a “former gang member who pleaded guilty to an array of charges including weapons possession, armed robbery and dealing fentanyl and heroin” while McFarland is a non-violent offender and is an “ideal candidate for compassionate release.”
There is no word yet on if McFarland’s attempts will be successful or not. He was originally sentenced to prison in 2018 to serve six years in federal prison on charges of fraud with his “pattern of deception” and “overpromising luxury experiences that were not delivered” for his failed, exclusive, luxury music festival called Fyre Festival.
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