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 4, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
USP Hazelton Inmate Convicted of Assault
and Possession of Weapon Charges
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 53 year old USP Hazelton inmate was convicted by a Federal Trial Jury on December 2, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Judge Irene M. Keeley.
Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that FREDERICK PADGETT was convicted on charges contained in a two-count Indictment relating to a stabbing at USP Hazelton on September 20, 2008. While the housing unit was “locked-down” by the unit officer at USP Hazelton, PADGETT was arguing with another inmate and stabbed the inmate with a “shank” (9" piece of sharpened metal). PADGETT was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm and possession of a prohibited object by an inmate.
PADGETT faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the assault charge and a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the weapons charge.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David E. Godwin. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Investigative Services at USP Hazelton.
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