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June 12, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that A’bleza Skyler Oakie, 24, of Sioux Fall, S.D., and Shannon Fernando Lewis, 27, of Sells, Ariz., were sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, to five years and six months in prison, respectively, for assaulting a fellow inmate. Oakie was also ordered to serve three years and Lewis one year of supervised release following incarceration.
According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Oakie and Lewis entered the cell of an inmate on Oct. 28, 2011, while incarcerated at the Federal Penitentiary in Pollock, La.  After they left the cell, the inmate was seen staggering out. It was determined that the inmate suffered severe injuries and was sent to various medical centers for treatment.  The inmate remains in medical care because of the injuries he sustained.

On March 4, 2013, Oakie pleaded guilty to assault and Lewis pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.  Oakie is currently serving a manslaughter sentence, and Lewis is serving a murder sentence.  The prison time for the assault charges will run consecutive to the charges they are now serving, and the supervised release will run concurrent.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alexandria, Louisiana Resident Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons conducted the investigation.  Senior Litigation Counsel Joseph G. Jarzabek and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. France prosecuted the case.

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