Former GOP Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas has contracted COVID-19 after repeated requests for release to home confinement were denied.
Stockman, 63, has served over two years of a 10-year sentence at the federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, for felony campaign-finance and related violations.
Local CBS News affiliate KFDM reported there has been a COVID outbreak at the facility, and family members of inmates had expressed concerns about inmates being housed with those who have tested positive for the virus.
Patti Stockman, the former congressman’s wife, told the news outlet that 28 prisoners in her husband’s unit had tested positive and he was among them. In a text message to The Western Journal, Patti said her husband was informed of his test result Thursday night.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, there are 35 active COVID-19 cases at the Beaumont prison’s low-security facility.