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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 


April 30, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eight Inmates at USP Hazelton Sentenced
In Conjunction with Project Safe Prisons

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Eight inmates entered guilty pleas and were sentenced on April 21 and April 22, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that eight inmates from United States Penitentiary Hazelton entered guilty pleas and were sentenced in conjunction with Project Safe Prisons, an initiative focused on prosecutions to secure a safe prison environment.

According to USA Potter, those individuals include:

CEDRICK BOWMAN, age 29, entered a plea of guilty to an Information charging him with possessing a homemade metal weapon approximately five inches in length on October 5, 2008. BOWMAN was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment

CHAZ CAMBONGA, age 24, and DAVID CHINO, age 32, each entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging them with assaulting another inmate on December 16, 2008. The victim was beaten and cut sufficient that required him to be sent to an outside hospital. Both CAMBONGA and CHINO were each sentenced to 24 months imprisonment.

SEAN CHANEY, age 27, entered a plea of guilty to an Information charging him with possessing a five-inch homemade weapon on November 9, 2008. CHANEY was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

SOLOMON FIGUERAS, age 28, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with aiding and abetting the assault of another inmate on August 13, 2008. FIGUERAS was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment.

ACE PASQUAL MOLINA, age 25, entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging him with aiding and abetting the assault of another inmate on December 16, 2008. The victim was stabbed by MOLINA with a shank (homemade knife). MOLINA was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment.

ROBERT RUSSELL, age 22, entered a plea of guilty to an Information charging him with possessing a four and one-half inch sharpened piece of metal with a shoestring attached to the blunt end as a lanyard on January 28, 2009. RUSSELL was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

DERRICK TAYLOR, age 26, entered a plea of guilty to an Information charging him with aiding and abetting the assault on an inmate with a homemade weapon on September 13, 2008.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Godwin. The cases were investigated by the Special Investigative Services at USP Hazelton and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

USP Hazelton sits on 915 acres near Interstate 68 and houses in excess of 1,800 high security male inmates, 500+ medium security female inmates, and 140+ inmates at a federal prison camp on its grounds.

 

 

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