Court orders hearing on inmate’s cooperation

A federal inmate serving life in prison has won a hearing on whether his cooperation in a murder investigation has earned him a reduced sentence.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the hearing in the case of 44-year-old Paul A. Woods III.

Judge Karen Nelson Moore concluded that there’s enough evidence of Woods’ cooperation with an investigation into an inmate’s murder at United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in Kentucky to warrant a decision about whether prosecutors should be forced to file a motion that could land him a lesser sentence.

Woods is serving life in prison for cocaine distribution conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy after pleading guilty in 2000 in Nashville, Tenn.