Federal Inmate Indicted For Assault On Correctional Officer And Possession Of Contraband
SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Shawn Hill, age 34, formerly of Connecticut and currently a federal inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Canaan, Waymart, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for assaulting a federal correctional officer and for possession of contraband in prison.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Hill assaulted a correctional officer and possessed contraband on June 30, 2017. The charges stem from an incident in which Hill allegedly possessed a sharpened piece of metal commonly known as a “shank.” After the weapon was confiscated, Hill allegedly engaged in a physical altercation with a correctional officer.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.
Indictments and Criminal Informations 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 maximum penalty which can be imposed under federal law is eight years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following 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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