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

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Federal Inmate Charged With Possession Of A Weapon

            WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a federal grand jury in Williamsport indicted a prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institute Allenwood (FCI Allenwood) on the charge of possessing a weapon in prison.  

            According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Lavon Caldwell, age 36, was found in possession of two improvised shanks during a search conducted on March 7, 2017.   

            The charges stem from an investigation by officers at FCI Allenwood and agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. FiggsGanter 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 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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Updated February 8, 2018