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Prisoner, too fat for cell, released early

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian prison authorities were forced to release a
450-pound (205 kg) drug gang member this week because he was too
large for his cell, the Journal de Montreal newspaper reported on

Michel Lapointe -- known as Big Mike -- was arrested in September 2006
and received a five-year sentence in May this year. The paper said he
could not fit on the chair in his Montreal prison cell and when he went to
bed, his body protruded six inches (15 cm) on either side.

A letter from the authorities to Lapointe said: "You have been detained for
more than 25 months and your prison conditions are difficult because of
your health".

The authorities also cited the refusal of two other facilities to accept the
37-year-old. He was freed late on Tuesday.

"I'm going to have a proper bed and finally have a chair I can sit in," he
told the paper outside the prison.

"I want a normal life. I've done some stupid things and I've paid for them,"
he said.;_ylt=Aj6UBgc3nQKSe_UnIjcG.w.dk3QF
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