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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

 


May 21, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seven Inmates at USP Hazelton
Were Sentenced After Entering Guilty Pleas

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Seven inmates from United States Penitentiary Hazelton entered guilty pleas and were sentenced on May 18, 2009, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that:

SIMON FRUZIE, age 23; LELAND LORD, age 26; WHITMAN NIEDO, age 39; ANDERSON BLACK, age 32; JEREMY THOMPSON, age 26; MORRIS BENAIS, age 34; and GERALD NAHA, age 41, were each sentenced to 24 months imprisonment. The defendants entered guilty pleas to one count of an Indictment charging them with aiding and abetting the assault of an inmate with a dangerous weapon on December 16, 2008, at USP Hazelton.

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.

 

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