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Federal Inmate Convicted of Engaging in a Mutiny in a Federal Penal Institution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal jury convicted a federal inmate housed at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina (“FCI Butner I”) with participating in a mutiny inside a federal penal institution.

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on April 22, 2020, Rene Moreno-Castillo, an inmate at FCI Butner I, pulled a fire extinguisher from the wall during an open disagreement with staff about housing assignments and sprayed them and the housing unit with its chemical contents.  After spraying the staff, inmate Moreno-Castillo barricaded the unit door with lockers which he ripped from the wall and slid against the door, tied the door shut with a bed sheet, and continued to spray the fire extinguisher, filling the unit with the thick powder contents.  FCI Butner I staff, including a tactical Complex-wide Quick Response Force, were emergently called to the scene to regain control of the unit.

At the time of the mutiny, FCI Butner I staff were working tirelessly to ensure the safe and effective incarceration of inmates housed in the Butner Complex, while simultaneously managing the damaging effects of the global COVID-19 crisis within the walls of a federal prison.

Moreno-Castillo has been convicted of multiple federal crimes including being an alien in the United States after deportation having been previously convicted of an aggravated felony, possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilos of marijuana, and another conviction for being an alien unlawfully in the United States .

Moreno-Castillo faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced.

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle accepted the verdict. Federal Bureau of Prisons officials investigated the case, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mallory Brooks Storus and Genna Petre prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No.5:20-CR-210-BO.

Updated April 28, 2021

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