McFarland's pre-existing health conditions were the most pressing matter, his lawyers argued.
Billy McFarland, the notorious mastermind behind the Fyre Festival debacle in 2017, on Tuesday asked to be released from prison early amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, McFarland through is lawyers, asked U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald for compassionate release due to his "preexisting conditions make him particularly vulnerable to catching and suffering from severe or fatal consequences of the virus." McFarland is housed at the Elkton federal prison in Ohio where four prisoners have died due to coronavirus complications.
McFarland, the subject of two documentaries -- one on Netflix and the other Hulu -- about the disastrous Fyre Festival, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in March 2018. He is serving a six-year sentence.