Updated February 06, 2019 09:24:00A federal judge on Thursday ordered a release for a convicted convicted sex predator who has spent more than a decade behind bars.
U.S. District Judge Maryanne A. Brown issued the order after prosecutors and the government had argued that releasing Hall was in the public interest.
“Hall’s sentence was too long and he should not have been kept behind bars,” Brown wrote in her order.
Hall was sentenced in August 2018 to life in prison for sexually assaulting three women in Pennsylvania, and in September he was sentenced to at least a year in prison and a $10,000 fine for each of the other three crimes.
In December, Hall was granted a parole hearing, but he is still serving his sentence in Pennsylvania.
In his petition for release, Hall described himself as a “sexual predator who sexually exploited children and women” and said he had “an unhealthy obsession with children.”
Hall, who is white, was convicted in 2013 of three counts of first-degree sex offenses, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts each of sexual exploitation of a child, sexual exploitation with a child and sex trafficking.
He also was convicted of child sex abuse and was sentenced last year to at most 15 years in prison.
A federal law passed in 2016 allows parole boards to grant parole to convicted sex offenders who were convicted at the same time of a felony crime.
Brown said the two-decade-old law could not be applied retroactively to Hall, and she ordered that he be released in 2021.
Hall’s attorney, William McManus, argued in his petition that Hall’s crime was far worse than any of the three counts, and that the sentence was far too lenient.
In the petition for parole, McManuses wrote that Hall “has been convicted of more than 1,000 counts of sexual abuse” and has been released from prison three times since his release.
In addition, McMannus wrote that he has been working to reform his client.
“The government has failed to show that Hall has rehabilitated himself,” McManens wrote.
“He is in jail, he is not in rehabilitation and he is likely to remain incarcerated for years to come.
His record is not the most significant of his offenses, and his crimes are not likely to be substantially reduced by a sentence of less than 10 years.”
Hall’s lawyers have said they would appeal the decision, but the case will not be presented to a parole board for approval until after his trial.