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Halfway House Escapee Sentenced to Additional Prison Time

March 27, 2014

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Washington, Pa., was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, to 15 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release on his conviction of escaping from federal custody, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Zack James Sadler, 28, after considering that he had run from house arrest and other facilities several times in the past and that Sadler was likely to serve an additional five months due to the loss of his “good-time” credits.

According to information presented to the court, on Aug. 9, 2013, Sadler, who was nearing the end of a 60-month prison sentence on a federal conviction for felon in possession of a firearm, escaped from a halfway house located in Pittsburgh. The United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Sadler on Aug. 20, 2013. According to information presented to the court, Sadler's previous convictions included offenses related to illegal firearm possession, assaults, drugs, burglary and shooting at civilians.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Marshals Service for the investigation leading to the quick apprehension and successful prosecution of Sadler.

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