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Inmate At The Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill, Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Contraband In Prison

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 Thadusse Hartridge, age 22, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill, in Minersville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on November 28, 2023, before U.S. District Court Judge Julia K. Munley, to the charge of possession of contraband in prison.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Hartridge, formerly of Washington D.C., admitted to possessing a dangerous prison-made weapon, commonly known as a “shank.”  The charge stems from an incident in October 2022 in which staff at FCI Schuylkill found Hartridge in possession of the weapon.

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 five 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 November 30, 2023