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Bernard Madoff says he is dying and is asking a judge for compassionate release from prison, where he is serving 150 years for orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, according to a Wednesday federal court filing.

Madoff, 81, has terminal kidney failure and a life expectancy of less than 18 months. When the court sentenced him, “it was clear that Madoff’s 150-year prison sentence was symbolic for three reasons: retribution, deterrence, and for the victims,” the court filing states. “This Court must now consider whether keeping Madoff incarcerated … is truly in furtherance of statutory sentencing goals and our society’s value and understanding of compassion.”

Madoff said in the request for compassionate release that he “does not dispute the severity of his crimes.”

IMO- stay in jail
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Utah couple reported 'creepy guy' near campsite before they were killed, family says​

Two women who were killed at a campsite near Moab told friends that a “creepy guy” was making them uncomfortable in the days prior to their deaths, family members tell 2News.

Investigators say Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were both shot and killed in the La Sal mountains and police are trying to figure out who killed them and why.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office has indicated that the women were both shot multiple times and investigators are following up on leads in the case. Sheriff Steven White told 2News on Thursday that police did not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community.

“How can you publish something and say the community is not at danger when here is a killer at large, please tell me how that works?” Calvert said.

The couple went on a camping trip last Friday and indicated they were having some issues at the campsite on the La Sal Loop Road.

“Friday evening, they were with friends and told them there was a creepy guy at their campsite, just ‘this guy creeped us out, might have to move.’ Saturday, they told their friends ‘there’s been this creepy guy at our site, we’re definitely moving campsites today,’” Calvert said.

The couple’s bodies were discovered by a friend who went looking for them on Wednesday after they didn’t come home from their camping trip.
Was the"creepy guy" in a white camper van?

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