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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Federal Inmate Charged With Escape

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Harvey Shaner, age 51, an inmate housed at the United States Federal Prison Camp, FCI Schuylkill, in Minersville, Pennsylvania, was indicted on February 6, 2018, by a federal grand jury with escape.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Shaner escaped from the United States Federal Prison Camp, FCI Schuylkill, in Minersville, Pennsylvania on December 22, 2017.  He was subsequently taken into custody on January 3, 2018. 

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshals Service in Scranton.  Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski is prosecuting the case.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations.  

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.

In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal escape statute is 5 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a 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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Updated February 9, 2018