Harris wants a 7-day visit with dying mother-in-law
BY Teresa Auch Schultz email@example.com January 16, 2012 4:52PM
Harris in 2003
Updated: February 18, 2012 8:12AM
Former Gary powerbroker Jewell Harris Sr. is asking to be released from federal prison for seven days, starting Friday, in order to go see his ailing mother-in-law.
Harris on Monday filed an emergency motion for interruption of sentence, which says that if granted, he would return to the federal prison in Oxford, Wis., by 2 p.m. Jan. 27.
The motion, filed in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, says that his mother-in-law, Angela Rosales, 85, is hospitalized at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart and is dying. Harris says in the motion that Rosales is “the only living mother of the defendant.”
“The defendant would use the time of his interruption of sentence to stay with and visit his mother-in-law and comfort her during her last days of life,” the motion says.
Harris is serving a 71-month sentence after a federal jury found him guilty of double billing the city of Gary in removing debris from the site of the U.S. Steel Yard, home of the Gary Southshore RailCats, when it was being built. Harris, 72, is expected to be released from prison in May 2013.
The motion says that seven days would be tacked onto the end of his sentence so that it is not shortened if he is granted the release and that he would stay at his home in Gary.
He also cites other cases where inmates were allowed a short release to visit or attend the funeral of either a dying parent or grandparent. The motion says that Harris has not had any incidents since he reported to prison and that he has tutored other inmates working toward their GEDs.
U.S. District Judge James Moody recently dismissed Harris’ motion to vacate his sentence. He has filed another motion, however, asking for a new trial, saying that he has found new evidence. Moody has not ruled on that motion yet, according to court records.