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Federal inmate sentenced for assaulting another inmate

April 19, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 46-year-old woman was sentenced for assaulting another inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute in Waseca, Minnesota. United States District Court Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Felecia Thomas to 41 months in federal prison on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. Thomas was indicted on May 15, 2012, and pleaded guilty on January 11, 2013, by offering a “straight plea” and did not enter into a plea agreement.

On June 10, 2011, Thomas, who was then serving time at the correctional facility in Waseca following a 2004 conviction for arson and the use of explosives in the commission of a felony, assaulted an inmate by strangling her with a rope. The rope allegedly had been removed from a laundry bag.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John E. Kokkinen and Lola Velazquez-Aguilu.

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