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July 8, 2010

Federal Inmate Convicted on Assault Charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 30 year old federal inmate was convicted on assault charges by a federal trial jury on July 7, 2010, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that DOMINIQUE OUTLAW, an inmate at USP Hazelton, was convicted on three counts of assault contained in a Superseding Indictment after a two-day trial. Evidence presented at the trial proved that on April 16, 2009, in the common area of a housing unit at USP Hazelton, inmate Jonathan Heiligh initiated an assault on inmate Christopher Dixon by stabbing inmate Dixon in the back. Inmate Dixon was attempting to defend himself and flee when OUTLAW joined in the assault. Inmate Heiligh and OUTLAW repeatedly stabbed inmate Dixon causing him to fall to the floor. They continued stabbing inmate Dixon while he was on the ground and OUTLAW kicked inmate Dixon in the head, neck, and ribs. Inmate Dixon was stabbed multiple times and was sent to an outside hospital for evaluation.

OUTLAW faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count of the Superseding Indictment.

Inmate Heiligh previously entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment.

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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