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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Federal Inmate Charged With Possession Of A Weapon

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Dejuan Leonard, age 23, a prisoner at Federal Correctional Institution, Allenwood (FCI Allenwood) was indicted on July 27, 2017, by a federal grand jury for possessing a weapon in prison.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Leonard was found in possession of a homemade sharpened piece of plastic, commonly referred to as a “shank,” during a search conducted on May 4, 2017.


The charges stem from an investigation by FCI Allenwood and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Alisan VanFleet 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 five years’ imprisonment 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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Updated August 1, 2017