Jasiel Correia will remain free for another month after a federal judge again extended his deadline to self-surrender to prison despite the fact that he was first sentenced to prison on federal corruption allegations in September of last year.
It was originally scheduled for March 4 that the former mayor of Fall River would report to federal prison, but a federal judge on Thursday morning delayed the start of his 6-year term until April 5, according to the Herald News.
Correia is expected to go to a federal medium-security prison in Berlin, New Hampshire, at that time. Most likely he will not be going to the medium but rather the minimum-security federal prison camp that is also at the facility.
According to WPRI, this is the sixth time the start of Correia’s sentence has been postponed since the beginning of the trial.
Previously, the large number of COVID-19 cases in federal prisons and his wife’s need for help with her Fall River restaurant, Towne House, during the holiday season were cited as reasons for the lengthy delays. Must be nice. That’s what we call a “high-class problem”.
Deputy Assistant United States Attorney David Tobin said in an appeal to deny Correia’s request for a delay that Correira has had more than enough time to get his affairs in order, according to the Herald News, and that Correira should not be granted the delay.
“The holiday rush is over at Correia’s family’s restaurant, COVID-19 is under control and Correia has run out of excuses to avoid prison,” Tobin wrote, “The people of Fall River have a right to see their corrupt former mayor finally held accountable for his egregious abuse of his position of trust.”
In his judgment, United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock appears to have been motivated by Correia’s attempt to have his conviction overturned by the 1st United States Circuit Court of Appeals.
Woodlock, according to WPRI, cited an extension of a filing deadline with the 1st Circuit in his written order, which was issued in federal court in Boston early on Thursday morning.
Correia has attempted to have his prison sentence extended until the 1st Circuit makes a ruling on his appeal, but Woodlock has refused to grant his request.
Even before his legal woes, Correia had been making news for the wrong reasons. His campaign, which focused on his expertise as an entrepreneur, helped him to become the city’s youngest mayor in the city’s history. He was elected at the age of 23, making him the city’s youngest mayor in its history.
It was his entrepreneurial background that got him into problems in the first place. Prosecutors allege that Correira defrauded investors in his smartphone app start-up SnoOwl by stealing their money.
During his tenure as mayor, Correira was found guilty of extorting marijuana merchants out of the approvals they required for their companies in exchange for bribes.
In summary, Correia was found guilty on 21 of 24 counts, which included extortion, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, and other crimes. He was sentenced to six years in prison and three years of supervised release after being found guilty on 21 of 24 counts.
According to WPRI, the former mayor has maintained his innocence throughout the criminal processes and even conducted a successful re-election campaign after being recalled from office in 2019.