Judge recommends a soft “prison camp” with no “walls, bars or fences” for Elizabeth Holmes


A California judge last week sentenced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to more than 11 years in prison after she recommended serving her time in a minimum security women’s facility.

Holmes, 38, was sentenced to 135 months in prison on Nov. 18 after pleading guilty to defrauding investors who supported his bogus blood test company.

According to a police report issued last week, Judge Edward Davila of the Northern District of California recommended that he serve his sentence at a federal detention camp in Bryan, Texas.

FPC Bryan, described on its website as a “minimum security federal prison camp,” is located about 100 miles northwest of Houston. The 37-acre complex houses 540 female inmates in “dorms,” ​​with a low staff-to-inmate ratio. There is also reportedly a very short fence.

Criminal defense attorney Alan Ellis told Bloomberg that compared to other prisons, FPC Bryan’s relatively cozy digs are like “paradise.” If Holmes served his sentence there, he said, he would have “no walls, no bars, no fences.”

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes will make her statement to U.S. District Judge Edward Davila at a hearing on Nov. 18. Reuters

The facility handbook lists board games, movie nights, and correspondence courses available to inmates. All inmates are also required to work and receive an hourly wage of between 12 cents and $1.15.

Holmes has a 1-year-old son with her partner, hotel heir William “Billy” Evans, and is expecting a second child.

In his recommendation, Davila pointed to FPC Bryan’s liberal travel policies.

“The court ruled that family visits aid rehabilitation,” Davila wrote.

Holmes was seen holding hands with accomplice Billy Evans before sentencing. AFP via Getty Images

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The final decision on where Holmes will spend her time is made by the Bureau of Prisons. His prison sentence is expected to start on April 27, 2023.

Even a minimum security facility would be a culture shock for Holmes, who had previously requested house arrest. The former billionaire – who once bragged that “beautiful people” like him didn’t go to jail – is said to have spent the past few years with Evans at the $135 million Green Gables estate in Woodside, California.

Holmes is currently pregnant with her second child. Getty Images

Prosecutors are also seeking the return of $804 million from investors — including big names like software magnate Larry Ellison and Walmart’s Walton family — who funded Theranos.

A hearing will be held in December to determine how much Holmes will have to pay. She is also expected to appeal her sentence, which she must do within two weeks of her initial sentencing date.




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