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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

August 6, 2010



PROVIDENCE, R.I. - An inmate incarcerated at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, R.I., was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to one year in prison for assaulting a correctional officer. Vaughn Watrous, 33, who was incarcerated at the time of the attack for violating the terms of supervised release on a previous bank robbery conviction, pleaded guilty in May to an assault charge.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, which was imposed by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin.

At the time of Watrous’ guilty plea, Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee told the court, had the matter proceeded to trial, the government was prepared to present evidence that in August 2009, Watrous jammed open a trap door on his cell used for pushing through food trays. It had been opened by a correctional officer.  Watrous reached through the slot while holding a mug, and threw urine at the officer. Court documents indicate that Watrous also yelled threats that he would attack a correctional officer when he was released from prison.

The matter was investigated by the United States Marshals Service with the assistance of officers at the Wyatt Detention Center.



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