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FRIDAY - February 6, 2009

BUTNER INMATE SENTENCED FOR SMUGGLING
FIREARM INTO PRISON FACILITY

WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced CRAIG LAMONT BUTLER, 36, to 120 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

On May 8, 2008, a Superseding Criminal Information was filed charging BUTLER with obtaining contraband while in prison. In March, 2007, BUTLER and co-conspirators, while incarcerated at Butner Federal Correctional Institution, arranged to have a firearm smuggled into the correctional facility. The intent was an attempt to have their sentences reduced by alerting authorities to the whereabouts of the weapon and falsely naming other inmates. On April 9, 2006, after burying the firearm, BUTLER and another inmate alerted the guards in the facility and advised them of the location of the gun.

Mr. Holding commented: “We’re pleased with the Court’s decision today. Monitoring security and order in our federal prisons is essential to the proper enforcement of the law.”

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Services. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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