Adkins seeks emergency release from prison following COVID outbreak

Alfred Bradley Adkins
Alfred Bradley Adkins

ASHLAND, Ky. — Former Pikeville psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins, who was convicted of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and making false statements as part of a disability scheme with former attorney Eric C. Conn, is once again asking for early release from prison.

Adkins is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence at the federal prison in Ashland. Back in September, he was denied a request for early release after he claimed his diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure put him at increased risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19.

Since that time, however, the prison has experienced a major outbreak of COVID-19, with the Bureau of Prisons reporting active cases among 182 inmates and 18 staff members as of Tuesday.

Adkins has now filed an emergency motion seeking release, saying while his crimes were serious, they do not merit a death sentence.

The judge has given prosecutors until next Wednesday to respond to the request.