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R. Booth Goodwin II, United States Attorney
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               CONTACT: Melvin Smith
June 16, 2011                                                                                                                   melvin.smith@usdoj.gov

BECKLEY FEDERAL INMATE SENTENCED ON ILLEGAL WEAPONS POSSESSION CHARGE

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Federal Correctional Institution at Beckley inmate John Oliver, 54, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger for possession of a weapon inside a federal prison.  Oliver pleaded guilty in December to the charge.  Oliver admitted that on April, 25, 2010, while incarcerated at FCI Beckley, he possessed a metal rod with a sharpened point and a handle, commonly referred to as a “shank.”   

Oliver is currently serving a 294-month prison sentence for various firearms-related offenses.   

The Federal Bureau of Prisons conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution. 

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