PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - An inmate awaiting sentencing for shooting a man in the chest during a drug robbery will remain at the Allegheny County Jail.
A federal judge denied Kahil Shelton’s request for monitored release due to increased risk of COVID-19 complications because he has asthma.
The Post-Gazette reports Judge Arthur Schwab ruled Tuesday that Shelton’s release would burned the probation office, nothing asthma does not increase coronavirus risks.
The CDC states that people with moderate to severe asthma may be at higher risk of “getting very sick from COVID-19.”
A demonstration took place on Wednesday outside the Allegheny County Courthouse with protestors demanding better safety and mitigation measures for inmates.
The protestors are maintaining social distancing, staying in their cars and circling the block.
In a release, Allegheny County says nearly 1,000 people have been released from the jail.
About 1,200 inmates remain.