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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Thursday, May 16, 2013

USP-Marion Inmate Sentenced For Possessing A Weapon In Prison

Lamar Elmer Smith, 32, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois, was sentenced to an additional prison term of 24 months today in United States District Court in Benton for possessing a weapon in that prison, announced Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Smith was charged in an indictment by a Federal Grand Jury with possessing a 7 inch long piece of sharpened metal, which appeared to be constructed from fence material and resembled an ice pick. The offense occurred on August 16, 2012. Smith pled guilty to the charge on January 31, 2013.

At the time he possessed the weapon, Smith was serving a 211 month sentence imposed in the Eastern District of Missouri for conspiring to distribute cocaine and possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. The 24 month term of imprisonment was imposed consecutively to that sentence.

In addition to the term of imprisonment, Smith was ordered to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $200 and was placed on a 3 year term of supervised release to follow his incarceration.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.

Updated February 19, 2015