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Inmate Sentenced To Six Years For Assault With 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 today that Levar Washington, age 37, an inmate at United States Penitentiary, Allenwood, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Matthew W. Brann to 72 months’ imprisonment for assault with a dangerous weapon.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Washington pled guilty on February 15, 2017, to charges that he attacked another inmate with a sharpened weapon commonly called a “shank.” The victim suffered between 13 and 15 lacerations to his back.


Judge Brann found that the violent nature of the crime together with Washington’s history of convictions for prior crimes of violence qualified Washington as a “career offender” under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, resulting in an enhanced sentence. The six-year prison term will run consecutive to the twenty-two-year sentence Washington is currently serving for conspiracy to levy war against the United States through terrorism and using and carrying a firearm in connection with crimes of violence. Washington had served approximately twelve years of that sentence at the time of the assault. His new sentence will not start to run until approximately 2025. Judge Brann further fined Washington $500 and imposed a special assessment of $100.


The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and USP Allenwood. Assistant United States Attorney Sean A. Camoni prosecuted the case.



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Updated May 15, 2017

Violent Crime