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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Federal Inmate Sentenced To 41 Months’ Imprisonment For Assaulting Fellow Inmate

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that United States District Court Judge James M. Munley sentenced James Carson, age 31, to 41 months of imprisonment for assaulting a fellow inmate while incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary Canaan (USP Canaan) in Waymart, Pennsylvania.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Carson previously pleaded guilty to the assault, during which he stabbed another inmate several times with an improvised knife, causing serious injury. Carson was deemed a career offender, in consideration of his extensive criminal history.


At the time of the assault, Carson was serving a sentence at USP Canaan pursuant to a 2012, federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Judge Munley thus ordered that Carson’s new sentence run consecutive to his undischarged term of imprisonment.


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers from USP Canaan. Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo prosecuted the case.


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Updated August 10, 2017