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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: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

September 13, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two USP Hazleton Inmates Enter Pleas and are
Sentenced in Federal Court

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — Two USP Hazleton inmates entered pleas of guilty and were sentenced on September 11, 2012, in United States District Court in Clarksburg before Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

RUBEN LAUREL, age 33, entered a plea of guilty to Possession of a Prohibited Object on May 30, 2010, when correctional officers found 12 homemade weapons made from metal and intended to be used as knives during a search of LAUREL’s cell. LAUREL was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment to be served consecutively with his current 345-month sentence.

DUSTIN EDWARDS, age 24, entered a plea of guilty to Possession of a Prohibited Object. On May 4, 2012. EDWARDS possessed a homemade weapon in a recreation cage in the Special Housing Unit and attempted to assault another inmate with the weapon. LAUREL was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment to be served consecutively with his current 100-month sentence.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower and investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Investigative Services at USP Hazelton.

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