Escaped Felon Apprehended
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Turtle Creek, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of escape from federal custody, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one‑count indictment, returned on Dec. 16, 2009, and unsealed on Oct. 8, 2010, named Dwayne Raymond Sims, a/k/a Dwane Raymond Sims, 50, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, on or about Nov. 30, 2009, Sims knowingly escaped from federal custody by leaving the confines of Renewal, Inc., located at 339 Boulevard of the Allies, in Pittsburgh, and failing to return. Sims, who had previously been convicted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas of the crime of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, had been committed to the custody of the Attorney General of the United States, and thereafter was transferred to and confined at Renewal, Inc., from where he escaped. Sims was subsequently arrested on Oct. 5, 2010, and remains detained pending trial.
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.
Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The United States Marshals Service 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.