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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            (BEAUMONT, TX)    United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that two federal prison inmates have been indicted for their roles in the murder of a fellow prisoner while they were incarcerated in the United States Penitentiary in Beaumont (USP-Beaumont). 

            MARK ISSAC SNARR, 33, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and EDGAR BALTHAZAR GARCIA, 27, of Abilene, TX, were indicted today and charged with First Degree Murder.

            According to information from prosecutors, on Nov. 28, 2007, Snarr and Garcia used homemade knives, or "shanks", to fatally stab fellow inmate, Gabriel Rhone.

            If convicted, Snar and Garcia could receive a death sentence or a sentence of life in federal prison. 

            The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joe Batte and John A. Craft.       

            It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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