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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pollock Inmate Sentenced To 200 Months For Assaulting Prison Employee

ALEXANDRIA, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Michael Phillip Bourque, 57, originally of Cheverly, Md., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to an additional 200 months in prison and three years of supervised release for assaulting a correctional officer.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea on January 3, 2014, Bourque attacked an officer at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La., on June 15, 2013 with a homemade sharpened shank. Video surveillance revealed that after the officer walked to a door, and as he began unlocking it, Bourque attacked him from behind. The officer fell to the ground, and Bourque attacked the officer’s upper body. After Bourque walked off, the officer tried to sit up.  Bourque returned and began stabbing the guard’s legs. The officer was later sent to a hospital where he was treated for life threatening stab wounds. Bourque is serving a 44-year prison sentence for charges related to a 2002 bank robbery in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The FBI and the Federal Bureau of Prisons conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph G. Jarzabek prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015