Judge proposes Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes serve 11-year sentence in Texas ‘minimum-security’ prison camp

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  • A district judge moved that Holmes be sent to a prison camp in Bryan, Texas, according to court records.

  • Prison camps are minimum security prisons with minimal or no perimeter fencing.

  • Holmes was sentenced to 135 months in prison on November 18.

A district judge has proposed that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes be sent to a federal prison camp, according to court documents.

District Judge Edward Davila recommended that Holmes be assigned to federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas, according to a Nov. 21 filing. Bryan’s Federal Prison Camp is a minimum-security prison that houses female inmates.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons describes the prison camps as “work and program oriented” and inmates are housed in dormitories. These prisons also have limited or no perimeter fencing. There are only seven such prison camps in the United States.

Criminal defense attorney Alan Ellis told Bloomberg that prison staff at the camp were more “open-minded” and that Holmes’ lawyers likely asked for the location.

“Nobody wants to be deported because compared to other places in the prison system, this place is heaven. If you have to go, it’s a good place to go,” Ellis said.

Although Davila recommended these arrangements for Holmes’ incarceration, the final decision would have to be made by the US Bureau of Prisons. Holmes was ordered to take himself into custody by April 27, 2022.

Holmes was sentenced to 135 months, or 11 years and 3 months, in prison on November 18. She was convicted of defrauding Theranos investors of hundreds of millions of dollars. Holmes was also sentenced to three years of supervision upon her release from prison.

“I am devastated by my failures,” Holmes, who is pregnant, told the court. “I felt deep pain for what people went through, because I let them down.”

Former Holmes partner and Theranos chief operating officer Ramesh Balwani faces up to 20 years in prison and is expected to be sentenced in December.

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