The judge ruled on Monday that the risk of catching COVID-19 does not warrant the release of Volpe, given the nature of his crime.
"He does not present any extraordinary and compelling reasons, based on the possibility of contracting COVID-19," Judge Frederic Block said. "In any event, reconsideration of the factors does not warrant a reduction of his sentence given the grave nature and circumstances of his crime."
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Volpe sodomized Louima with a jagged wooden handle in 1997 while he was in police custody after a fight.
"I do not seek to evade just punishment for my crime. I have served the overwhelming majority of the sentence," Volpe wrote in his now-denied application. "After 21 plus years in prison, it is my family who is being punished more."
Volpe is scheduled for release in 2025.
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