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Federal Inmate Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Possession Of A Weapon At USP Allenwood

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 that Robert John Palmer, an inmate at United States Penitentiary at Allenwood, was sentenced on January 30, 2024, to 21 months’ imprisonment by Chief United States District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann, for possession of contraband in prison.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Palmer was found in possession of an inmate-made weapon; specifically, a 5 and ¾ -inch piece of plastic sharpened to a point, commonly referred to as a “shank.”

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorney Luisa Honora Berti is prosecuting the case.

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Updated February 5, 2024