Collins Seeks Delay in Reporting to Federal Prison

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins arrives at federal court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. Collins pleaded guilty last fall to insider trading and lying to the FBI. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Photo credit Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins arrives at federal court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. Collins pleaded guilty last fall to insider trading and lying to the FBI. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Attorneys for former congressman Chris Collins are asking a federal judge to allow Collins to wait until June to report to federal prison. They cite coronavirus concerns.

In court filings, Collins' attorneys say "Collins is older than age 65 and has additional risk factors, which place him at a high risk of contracting and suffering severe illness from COVID-19 if exposed to the virus."

Former Rep. Chris Collins, who's preparing to begin a jail term for insider trading, has asked for a three-month delay in reporting to prison because of coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/sETQmOCyPv

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Lawyers also state "it would be particularly dangerous for an elderly person with underlying health conditions" such as Collins to report to prison during a pandemic.

Collins was sentenced to more than two years in prison for lying to investigators about his role in insider trading. 

He was to initially report March 17, but that was pushed back to April 21.