Bernie Madoff asks for early jail release, saying he’s terminally ill

Bernard Madoff, who defrauded investors of more than $US19 billion ($28 billion) in history’s biggest Ponzi scheme, has asked for early release from his 150-year prison sentence, claiming he has only 18 months left to live.

Madoff, 81, asked US Circuit Judge Denny Chin to release him after serving just 10 years, saying he suffers from terminal kidney failure and other ailments.

Having done the first 10 years of his 150-year prison sentence, Bernie Madoff is pleading for compassion.Credit:Bloomberg

His lawyer, Brandon Sample, said in a court filing Madoff has “chronic kidney failure that has progressed to end-stage renal disease.” Madoff also suffers from other conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, esophageal reflux, insomnia, shortness of breath, back pain, itching, leg cramps and anxiety, according to the filing.

“Madoff humbly asks this court for a modicum of compassion,” Sample said in papers filed in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday.


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