A retired Navy master-at-arms who petitioned for release from a Connecticut state prison this week has been approved for release to a halfway house, according to legal representatives and a report in the New Haven Register.

David Terwilliger, an 80-year-old veteran who has served 17 years of a 20-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter, had been approved to move from the Osborn Correctional Institution to a step-down facility.

But his release had been delayed by the novel coronavirus, as many halfway houses are not taking new residents during the pandemic.

Karen Martucci, director of external affairs for the Connecticut Department of Corrections, said that Terwilliger previously had been denied parole but has been “approved a halfway house placement.”

“The agency is currently evaluating program options for the most appropriate setting. In line with Commissioner Cook’s direction, his release has been prioritized based on age and medical score,” Martucci said.