Roommates, one of the worst feelings is having an opportunity snatched away, while doing everything you can to maximize the blessing! This appears to be the case for 76-year-old Gwen Levi. Gwen was granted house arrest last June after serving 16 years of her 24-year sentence in prison. While on release, she attended a computer class and missed a few calls from her probation officials. Now, Gwen is awaiting transfer to a federal facility from a Washington D.C. jail, according to her Attorney Sapna Mirchandani.
“I feel like I was attempting to do all the right things,” Gwen said in a statement through her lawyer, according to Blavity. “Breaking rules is not who I am. I tried to explain what happened, and to tell the truth. At no time did I think I wasn’t supposed to go to that class.”
Gwen was reportedly improving her computer-processing skills at a class in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Probation officials took note that Gwen wasn’t at home at 10:51 a.m. on June 12, 2021. She did not respond to calls for a few hours. Her ankle monitor revealed that she was later at home at 1:17 p.m. the same day. Gwen’s time outside the home was reportedly deemed an “escape” according to the report submitted by the Bureau of Prisons.
Attorney Sapna Mirchandani told The Washington Post that Gwen is in a Washington D.C. jail waiting to be transferred to a federal facility .
“There’s no question she was in class,” Spana said. “As I was told because she could have been robbing a bank, they’re going to treat her as if she was robbing a bank.”
Gwen, who is serving time for drug conspiracy, expressed feeling “devastated” in her statement. Blavity reports that she pled guilty on April 19, 2005 and was sentenced on Oct. 6, 2006. She served nearly two decades “in different facilities in Maryland, Texas, and Alabama.”
She was one among 4,500 federal inmates nationwide who were granted early release to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in prison. After receiving home confinement with supervision by probation officials, she moved to Baltimore to live with her 94-year-old mother.
According to The Washington Post, Gwen had been filling her time with productive activities, including volunteering with prisoner advocacy organizations and bonding with her sons and grandsons.
“I apologize to my mother and my family for what this is doing to them,” Gwen also shared in her statement.
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