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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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

September 28, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Former Cleveland Resident Enters
Guilty Plea to Escape Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 28 year old federal inmate entered a plea of guilty on September 26, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that SEAN D. BURT, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, entered a plea of guilty to escaping from the Bannum Halfway House in Wheeling, on September 4, 2011. BURT was arrested by the United States Marshals on September 8, 2011, in Wheeling.

BURT was initially sentenced in 2003 for the distribution of cocaine base, also known as “crack,” within 1,000 feet of Madison Elementary School, in April 2002. BURT was serving his time in federal prison, and in July 2011 the Bureau of Prisons transferred BURT to the Bannum Halfway House to complete the remainder of his sentence which would have terminated in November.

BURT is back in federal custody completing the remainder of his original sentence. BURT also faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on the escape charge.

The escape charge was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the United States Marshal Service.

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