U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
November 12, 2013
Inmate Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Assaulting Federal Correctional Officer
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Earl Francis Hart, 53, an inmate at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for assaulting a federal correctional officer in February 2013, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and United States Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth.
Hart was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi to serve the sentence consecutive to a 30-year federal prison sentenced imposed in U.S. District Court in Boston earlier the same day the assault occurred at the Wyatt Detention Facility. Hart was convicted in October 2010 by a federal court jury in Boston on drug trafficking and firearms charges.
According to information presented to the court, on February 1, 2013, correctional officers at the Wyatt Detention Facility went to the cell where Hart was housed to lock him down following an alleged assault on another inmate. Hart refused commands to turn around and allow the officers to handcuff him. When officers entered his cell, Hart punched one of the officers repeatedly and continued to throw punches at four other officers who worked to subdue and handcuff him.
Hart pleaded guilty on November 8, 2013, to one count of assaulting a federal employee as charged in a federal indictment returned on April 10, 2013.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee.
The matter was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and investigators at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Center.
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