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BOSTON, Mass. - A Boston man was sentenced today to two years in federal prison for numerous violations of his supervised release, the most serious of which was an attack on a Deputy United States Marshal inside the John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse, in August.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and United States Marshal John Gibbons announced today that U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris sentenced Raymond Badgett, 24, to two years imprisonment for his attack on the Deputy. His supervised release was also revoked.

Badgett was originally convicted of drug offenses in 2007 as a result of his distribution of crack cocaine inside the Bromley Heath Housing Project in Jamaica Plain. In 2007, Judge Saris sentenced Badgett to 43 months in jail to be followed by six years of supervised release. One of the conditions of his supervised release was that he reside in a halfway house outside of Boston for the first six months after his release.

At the three-day revocation hearing, the government established that Badgett was released from prison earlier this year and reported to a halfway house as required. He was terminated from that facility 13 days later for violation of the program’s rules. He was then sent to a second halfway house and was terminated from that facility after only 28 days.

Badgett was thereafter sent to a third halfway house where he reported on Aug. 5, 2010, hours after being given a summons for using marijuana by the MBTA Police. Badgett was terminated from the third program the next day for various violations including assaulting staff.

Based on this third termination, a warrant issued for BADGETT’s arrest on Aug. 13, 2010. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s three days later and brought to U.S. District Court. Evidence introduced at the final revocation hearing, on Aug. 16, established that moments after the conclusion of an initial hearing in which Badgett was ordered to be held in prison pending his final revocation hearing, he became disruptive with Deputy United States Marshals escorting him out of the courtroom. In the resulting struggle, Badgett bit one of the Marshals, requiring the Deputy to seek treatment at an area hospital.

In sentencing Badgett to two years in jail, Judge Saris stressed the serious nature of any attack on law enforcement officers. The Deputy Marshal involved in the assault has fully recovered from his injuries.
"I am pleased with the Judge’s ruling in this case. The Deputy showed a great deal of restraint during this altercation and should be commended for it. Judge Saris sent a clear message today that any assault on a Deputy Marshal will not be tolerated and she should be commended for that as well," stated Marshal Gibbons.

“As federal prosecutors we understand the dangerous role the U.S. Marshals have in protecting those of us who work in and attend to business in federal courthouses across the country,” said U.S. Attorney Ortiz. “We are thankful this Deputy was not more seriously injured and we applaud him for his service.”

The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney’s in Ortiz’s Organized Crime Strike Force and Gang Unit.


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