Federal Inmate Charged With Possessing Weapon In Prison
ERIE, Pa. ‑ An inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of possession of contraband in prison, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one-count indictment named Artemio Garcia-Santiago, 35, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, on August 15, 2010, Garcia-Santiago was in possession of a weapon, described as a 4 1/2-inch homemade weapon sharpened to a point.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. The sentence Mr. Garcia-Santiago receives must be consecutive to that which he is presently serving.
Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
Officers of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.