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Federal Inmate Charged With Assault And Possession Of Contraband

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jose Mejia, age 24, an inmate at United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (USP Lewisburg) was indicted on September 28, 2017, by a federal grand jury for assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of contraband.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Mejia attacked another inmate with a sharpened weapon commonly known as a “shank.” 


The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers at USP Lewisburg.  Assistant United States Attorney Alisan VanFleet prosecuted the case.


Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.


A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years’ imprisonment, a term of three years supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Updated September 29, 2017