Man granted “compassion release” from prison heading back for multiple violations

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           CONCORD – Andrew Dufresne, 49, previously of Gardner, Massachusetts pleaded guilty in federal court to several violations of his term of special supervised release on Wednesday, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

          According to court documents and statements made in court, Dufresne had been incarcerated after pleading guilty to the April 2014 robbery of a bank in Manchester, New Hampshire.  In October 2020, the Court granted his request for compassionate release as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result, he was released from federal custody in advance of his original August 2023 release date and placed on special supervised release.

           In a court proceeding on Wednesday, Dufresne admitted that he committed six violations of his conditions of special supervised release between January 3, 2021, and February 20, 2021.  He was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison to be followed by an additional three years of supervised release. 

          “During the pandemic, many convicted criminals have been granted compassionate release from prison based upon health concerns,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley.  “While compassionate release can be appropriate in some circumstances, it is imperative that prisoners who are granted the benefit of compassionate release comply with their release conditions.  As this case demonstrates, those who are unable to comply with their release conditions will find themselves back in federal prison.”

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