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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 26, 2019

Federal Inmate Sentenced To Additional 48 Months In Prison For Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

Ocala, Florida – U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced German De Jesus Ventura (40, Sumter County) to an additional 48 months in federal prison for assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. The sentence will be served consecutive to an existing 35-year prison sentence that Ventura was already serving at the time he committed the assault. 

Ventura had pleaded guilty on February 7, 2019.

According to court documents, Ventura was an inmate at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, Florida. In August 2017, he repeatedly struck another inmate in the back of the head with a homemade contraband weapon consisting of a solid metal plate attached to a lanyard. The other inmate suffered a large head wound, two depressed skull fractures, and significant blood loss. A correctional officer who had witnessed the assault quickly apprehended Ventura as Ventura attempted to discard the weapon and flee from the area where the attack had occurred.        

This case was investigated by the FBI—Ocala Resident Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William S. Hamilton.

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Violent Crime
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Updated April 26, 2019