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Inmate At FCI Schuylkill Pleads Guilty To Assaulting A Correctional Officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Carlos Rodriguez-Cruz, age 33, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill, in Minersville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on April 29, 2024, before U.S. District Court Judge Julia K. Munley, to the charge of assaulting a federal correctional officer.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Rodriguez-Cruz, formerly of Puerto Rico, admitted to punching a correctional officer on October 6, 2023, at FCI Schuylkill, after an incident in which the officer conducted a search of the cell of Rodriguez-Cruz and removed items of contraband from the cell.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law is up to 8 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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Updated April 30, 2024