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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Federal Inmate Charged With Assault On Correctional Officer

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that James Duncan, age 54, a prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institution, Allenwood, was indicted on March 14, 2019, by a federal grand jury for assaulting a federal correctional officer. 

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that on November 26, 2018, Duncan struck and caused physical contact with a correctional officer resulting in bodily injury.

The charges stem from an investigation by FCI Allenwood and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Alisan V. Martin is prosecuting 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 defendant is facing a maximum of twenty years of incarceration and a $250,000 fine.   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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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated March 20, 2019