BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Scott Walker hoped he could serve the remainder of his federal prison sentence in home confinement. But, a judge denied that request.
Walker's attorney filed the motion in August, asking the court to transfer the Ocean Springs native to a residential reentry center and/or home confinement. He made the relocation request so Walker could get more intensive medical care. Walker suffered serious injuries in a 2011 plane crash.
However, on Monday, federal judge Keith Starrett determined Walker should remain in the Pensacola Federal Correctional Institute.
In his order, Judge Starrett noted the role of the Bureau of Prisons is to evaluate an inmate's care, and whether release into a reentry center is necessary. "This Court declines to make additional recommendations, trusting the Bureau of Prisons, who is much more familiar with the circumstances of the Defendant that the undersigned Judge, to place the Defendant appropriately," Starrett ruled.
Walker began serving an 18 month prison sentence on December 1, 2014 after pleading guilty to fraud and conspiracy in a corruption scandal linked to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.