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Dr. York is 73 years old suffering in his innocence from Angioedema, a life threatening illness, high blood pressure, and leg problems which cause him to need a wheelchair from time to time. His Angioedema attacks frequently leave him unconscious on his cement cell floor with limited assistance from medical personnel that are not equipped to handle his complex medical needs. Angioedema frequently attacks his throat and his air passages swell, which can cause suffocation.
He is serving an unduly and overly harsh sentence of 135 years in a Supermax facility on various RICO and structuring money charges. He has been a good inmate, with no history of violence during his 16 year incarceration and no significant criminal his prior to these charges. Dr. York has been imprisoned for fifteen years, ten of which have been in a maximum security prison where he is in solitary confinement 24 hours per day. With each passing year he fears Angioedema will eventually take his life in prison.