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Molly's father seeks prison release over threat of Covid-19

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Thomas Martens. [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]

Thomas Martens. [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]

Thomas Martens. [Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch]

A former FBI agent convicted, along with his daughter Molly, of the brutal murder of Irish father-of-two Jason Corbett is seeking release from a US prison because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

US lawyers have filed a motion with prison authorities in North Carolina for the release of Tom Martens (70) given his age and, it is argued, the disproportionate threat he faces from the virus while in prison.

A number of inmates have caught the coronavirus in several US prisons and, despite emergency treatment, subsequently died.