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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 1, 2022

Federal Inmate Sentenced For Possessing Weapon At USP Allenwood

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on March 31, 2022, federal inmate Ellis Gene Battle, Jr., age 42, was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann for possessing a weapon in prison.  Battle’s sentence was ordered to run consecutively to his previous federal sentences for possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing a weapon in prison.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, on January 31, 2020, officers at the United States Penitentiary, Allenwood, in White Deer, Pennsylvania, observed Battle fighting a fellow inmate.  Battle disregarded commands to stop, and then ran to a cell where he attempted to dispose of a 7.5-inch sharpened piece of metal, commonly referred to as a “shank.”   

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Drew O. Inman and Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 1, 2022