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Half-way House Resident Charged With Escape From Federal Custody

November 3 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A former resident of Pittsburgh 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 named Joseph Vinansky, 34, whose current whereabouts are unknown.

According to the indictment presented to the Court, the defendant was serving part of his federal sentence at the Renewal Center, which is a half-way house. On July26, 2011, the defendant left the Renewal Center on a work release, but he failed to return.

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 Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshal Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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