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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Federal Prison Inmate Charged With Assaults On Other Inmates

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Grand Jury in Harrisburg has indicted Tomas Gausin-Ceniseros, who is currently confined at the U.S. Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Gausin-Ceniseros, age 39, is charged with alleged assault resulting in serious bodily harm.  Gausin-Ceniseros allegedly committed the assaults against other inmates in separate incidents at USP Lewisburg in April 2013 and January 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service.  Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel has been assigned to prosecute 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 guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statues and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statutes is 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000. 

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 necessarily an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Updated July 6, 2016