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Federal Inmate Charged with Assaulting a Correctional Officer

January 8, 2013

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that an inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Canaan, Pennsylvania, has been charged in a two-count indictment returned today by a federal grand jury in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the indictment alleges that Jose Montalban assaulted a correctional officer with a dangerous weapon. The correctional officer suffered facial wounds which required nine sutures. A second count of the indictment alleges that Montelban, while having the status of an inmate, knowingly possessed a prohibited object, that is, a sharpened weapon commonly known as a "shiv" or "shank."

     The case was investigated by the FBI and the Special Investigation Section at USP-Canaan. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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