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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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

 


December 19, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Federal Inmate Sentenced in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 40 year old federal inmate was sentenced on December 15, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that MAURICIO MICHEL was sentenced to 240 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. MICHEL was convicted on August 19, 2009, on seven counts of an Indictment after a three-day trial. MICHEL was convicted of three counts of assaulting a Corrections Officer with a deadly weapon on August 31, 2007, at USP Hazelton; one count of maiming a Corrections Officer on August 31, 2007, at USP Hazelton; one count of forcibly resisting Corrections Officers with a dangerous weapon on August 31, 2007, at USP Hazelton; one count of assaulting a Corrections Officer resulting in injury on March 17, 2009, at the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods; and one count of forcibly resisting Corrections Officers resulting in injury on March 17, 2009, at Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods.

“Evidence presented at trial proved that MICHEL assaulted a Corrections Officer at USP Hazelton on August 31, 2007, by throwing a hot liquid on the Officer. While the Officer was reacting to the burn, MICHEL repeatedly stabbed the Officer with a sharpened homemade weapon. MICHEL swung the weapon at two other Officers who responded.”

“Testimony at trial also proved that on March 17, 2009, while at the Central Regional Jail at Flatwoods, MICHEL assaulted a Corrections Officer and resisted Corrections Officers and they had to physically gain control of MICHEL resulting in injury to the Corrections Officers.” MICHEL remains in custody.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Godwin and was investigated at USP Hazelton by the Special Investigative Services at USP Hazelton and the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the investigation at the Central Regional Jail in Flatwoods was conducted by the United States Marshal Service with the cooperation of the Regional Jail.

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