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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Former USP-Canaan Inmate Sentenced To 14-Years’ Imprisonment For Stabbing Four Correctional Officers

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jerome Lummus, age 37, was sentenced today to 14 years’ imprisonment by Senior United States District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik in Scranton for assaulting four correctional officers and inflicting bodily injury. 

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, on August 18, 2015, inmate Jerome Lummus, who was serving a federal prison sentence for drug trafficking, approached a correctional officer in the cafeteria at USP-Canaan and took a sharpened metal knife and stabbed the officer in the upper torso, as well as stabbed three other correctional officers who assisted in subduing Lummus.  As a result of the unprovoked attack, the correctional officers all sustained stab wounds which required medical attention, but did not result in any life threatening injury. 

Lummus pled guilty to the charges prior to his sentencing.  Judge Kosik ordered that the 14-year imprisonment term start after Lummus completed his other sentences.        

Lummus was charged in an indictment in September 2015, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons.  Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus prosecuted the case.   


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Updated February 4, 2016