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Inmate at United States Penitentiary at Canaan Pleads Guilty to Assault and Is Sentenced

July 31, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Canaan, Wayne County, Pennsylvania, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced for assaulting three other inmates by striking and hitting them with a metal bar.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Jason Paradise, age 42, formerly of Falls River, Massachusetts, entered a guilty plea before Senior United States District Judge A. Richard Caputo to an Information which charged him with assaulting three other inmates on January 10, 2011, by striking and hitting them with a metal bar. Senior Judge Caputo then sentenced Paradise to twenty-four months in prison, to be served consecutively to his present prison sentence.

     United States Attorney Smith noted that Paradise is presently serving a sentence until 2019 on the charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

     The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of personnel from the United States Penitentiary at Canaan. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.


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