Juan Carlos Seresi, 73, sentenced to over 500 years for a non-violent offense was ordered to be released by a Los Angeles judge who cut his sentence to time served.
Seresi, whose crime was money laundering, was originally supposed to be released on July 8, 2419 before US District Court Judge Stephen Wilson ordered his release based on a months-long review.
His daughter, who was a teenager when he was first put away, is now 46 years old. Despite prison, he remained an indispensable part of their family.
Seresi was one of four who were sentenced to five centuries in jail in 1991 for laundering cocaine cartel cash. His attorneys later sought his release on compassionate grounds given his advanced age and high blood pressure diagnosis, which made him susceptible to Covid19.
These grounds were insufficient on their own, but Wilson’s review found that in his 30 years’ incarceration, he earned three associate degrees and maintained a clean disciplinary record, all of which when taken together, make for “extraordinary and compelling reasons” for his release.
Seresi and his brother were convicted to helping to launder over $300 million in drug cartel money via their precious metal and money exchange companies.