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Press Release

Piedmont Jail Escapee Pleads Guilty

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

RICHMOND, Va. – A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today to escaping from the Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, Virginia.

According to court documents, Bruce Carroll Callahan, Jr., 44, was detained at the Piedmont Regional Jail pending trial on federal drug distribution and firearms charges in the Eastern District of North Carolina. On the night of April 30, 2023, Callahan left his housing unit though an unsecured door and scaled the fences surrounding the jail. He remained at large until he surrendered to local law enforcement officers in Farmville on the morning of May 8, 2023.

Callahan is scheduled to be sentenced on June 27. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Shannon Saylor, Acting U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Roderick C. Young accepted the plea.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael C. Moore is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:23-cr-065.

Updated June 2, 2023