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Fort dix inmate sentenced to 10 years in prison for death of another inmate

October 12, 2012


Connecticut Man Pushed Victim Down Flight of Stairs During Argument

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Connecticut man serving a prison sentence at the Ft. Dix Federal Correctional Institution was sentenced today to an additional 120 months in prison for pushing a fellow inmate to his death during an argument, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

David Besaw, 27, of Newington, Conn., previously pleaded guilty before District Court Judge Noel L. Hillman to an Information charging him one count of voluntary manslaughter in the Nov. 4, 2010, death of an inmate identified only as “F.F.” Judge Hillman imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

Besaw said he was sleeping when F.F. punched the back of his bunk. The two men had an argument, after which F.F. left their cell. Besaw followed F.F. into a nearby stairwell, saw F.F. standing at the top of the stairwell and deliberately pushed him from behind, causing him to fall down the stairs. F.F. died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the fall.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hillman sentenced Besaw to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $9,577 to the victim’s family for funeral expenses.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited the warden of Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution, Donna Zickefoose, and special agents and investigators of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent In Charge Michael B. Ward, for the investigation leading to today’s sentence.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.


Defense counsel: Maggie Moy Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden

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