Michael Cohen is to be FREED from prison after 14 fellow inmates test positive for coronavirus – but Trump’s ex-lawyer will still have to serve out three-year sentence under house arrestIn May, Cohen began serving three-year sentence for campaign finance crimes Cohen is incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York At least 14 inmates and seven staffers there have tested positive for COVID-19 Federal prison system is releasing nonviolent offenders, older prisoners Last month, a judge denied Cohen’s request for early release due to pandemic Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney who has served less than a year of his three-year prison sentence for financial crimes, will be freed because of the coronavirus outbreak, it was reported on Thursday.

The US Bureau of Prisons informed Cohen that he will be released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, and allowed to serve out the remainder of his sentence in home confinement.

As of Thursday, 14 inmates and seven staffers at the complex have tested positive for coronavirus, according to CNN.

Michael Cohen (seen above leaving his Manhattan apartment to begin serving a three-year prison sentence last May) will be freed from the minimum-security prison in Otisville, New York, it was reported on Thursday 

Before his release, Cohen will be required to stay in a two-week quarantine on the prison grounds.

Cohen was told on Thursday that his release is pending. He was originally scheduled to remain behind bars until his release date in November 2021.

The federal prison system has recently been freeing older, more vulnerable inmates as well as those convicted of nonviolent crimes due to the ongoing pandemic. 

Cohen, who once said he would ‘take a bullet’ for Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison in 2018 for directing hush payments to pornographic film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claimed they had affairs with Trump. 

At least 14 inmates and seven staffers at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York (above) have tested positve for COVID-19. The above image was taken in January 2019

Trump has denied having the encounters. 

In March, Cohen pressed to be released early due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hammered New York state and surfaced in prisons around the country. 

US District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan rebuffed the request in a scathing order.

‘Ten months into his prison term, it’s time that Cohen accept the consequences of his criminal convictions for serious crimes that had far reaching institutional harms,’ the judge wrote on March 23.

The Bureau of Prisons said that as of Thursday, 451 federal inmates and 280 staffers had tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

Since late March, 17 federal inmates have died of COVID-19. 

Last week, Cohen’s attorney revealed that Cohen was placed in solitary confinement at the minimum-security prison after another inmate complained about his internet use.

In an email seen by Reuters, Cohen’s lawyer Roger Adler said: ‘It is my understanding that a verbal dispute over phone use prompted a temporary placement to SHU pending an investigation. 

‘I do not however know who prompted the altercation, or if the action taken was factually/ regulatory appropriate.’

Last Saturday, Adler told Reuters that Cohen was removed from solitary confinement.

Cohen was transferred last Wednesday to a Special Housing Unit in a disciplinary section of the prison.

Adler said on Saturday that Cohen had been moved out of solitary confinement on Friday, but did not provide the reason. 

The BOP said it does not comment on the confinement conditions of individual inmates.

Prior to the transfer, Cohen had been housed in a minimum-security camp at the facility. 

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