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Federal Inmate Charged With Possession Of A Weapon

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 Demitri Reese, age 26, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary, Allenwood (USP Allenwood), Pennsylvania, was indicted on August 23, 2018, for possession of a weapon in prison.  

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that on October 14, 2017, Reese was found in possession of a homemade piece of plastic, commonly referred to as a “shank,” that was designed to be used as a weapon.

The case was investigated by officers at USP 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 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 August 27, 2018

Violent Crime