KEY POINTS

  • With over 120,000 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., high-profile prisoners are seeking release
  • Anthony Zottola, allegedly, plotted to have his father killed
  • He is willing to put up a $5 million bond for his release

Anthony Zottola Sr., a man who is accused of killing his own father in 2018, offered to post up to $5 million bond in exchange for his freedom amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawyers revealed, on Friday, that Zottola Sr. wants to get out of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) to avoid catching the deadly virus. The attorneys added that their client is willing to stay under house arrest as he awaits trial.

Fox News reported that Zottola Sr., alongside other nine accomplices, planned to murder his own father, Sylvester "Sally Daz" Zottola. He, reportedly, wanted to get the old man dead to take control of his illegal gambling ring.

The news outlet revealed Zottola Sr. even agreed to pay a total of $200,00 for the murder. If convicted, the group could face life in prison or even a death penalty.

The US federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana The US federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / SCOTT OLSON

The lawyers claimed that keeping Zottola Sr. in MCC would affect their ability to work with him to protect him from the most unkind penalties there is in the federal system.

COVID-19 has nearly brought the United States to a standstill with many states under lockdown to stem the deadly virus from spreading. U.S. Bureau of Prisons revealed that two inmates, as of Friday, at the 700-prisoner MCC in Lower Manhattan, have tested positive.

Zottola Sr. is in the list of high-profile prisoners who have requested the administration to be released. The New York Post stated that many inmates have provided specific health reasons, such as age and medical conditions. In this regard, R&B legend R.Kelly, who recently had hernia surgery, said his age and recent surgery warranted his release.

However, Zottola Sr., 41, doesn’t have any of these factors. His lawyers have just argued that MCC presents a gratuitous risk to his health. Previously, Brooklyn Federal Judge Raymond Dearie had shot down his request for release, with $5 million bond, as the charges against him were serious and disturbing.