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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Inmate Indicted For Assaulting Corrections Officer

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Dahveed Dean, age 40, an inmate at United States Penitentiary Canaan, Waymart, Pennsylvania, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on a charge of assaulting a federal employee.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Dean punched a corrections officer in the face during an altercation at the prison in September. The officer suffered minor injuries.


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers at USP Canaan. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting 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 guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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 an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Updated January 31, 2017