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Inmate Sentenced To 51 Months’ Imprisonment For Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

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 Jose Esteban Mercado-Colon, age 32, an inmate at United States Penitentiary Canaan, Waymart, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to 51 months’ imprisonment for assaulting another inmate with a dangerous weapon.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Mercado-Colon previously pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.  On September 22, 2021, Mercado-Colon assaulted another inmate using a 6’ sharpened object wrapped in a bedsheet.  The other inmate lost his eye as a result of Mercado-Colon’s conduct.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Assistant United States Attorney James Buchanan prosecuted the case.

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Updated December 15, 2023