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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

July 18, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Federal Inmate Sentenced for
Possessing a “Shank”

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 25 year old federal inmate was sentenced on July 12, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that PETER FRANCO-FERNANDEZ was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. FRANCO-FERNANDEZ entered a plea of guilty to a one-count Indictment charging him with possession of a weapon, also known as a “shank,” on December 9, 2010, at USP Hazelton.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Investigative Services at USP Hazelton.