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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Inmate At USP Canaan Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Assault With Intent To Murder Another Inmate

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 28-year-old inmate at the United States Penitentiary Canaan in Waymart, Pennsylvania, who admitted to assaulting a fellow inmate with the intent to commit murder, was sentenced to the statutory maximum of 20 years in prison today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley. 

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Joseph Wing, was serving a sentence of 540 months in prison at the time he committed the May 16, 2014 assault. Wing will begin serving today’s sentence after he completes serving the 540-month sentence. Judge Munley also ordered Wing to pay restitution to the Bureau of Prisons for its costs associated with the medical treatment of the victim.

Wing was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2014, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Prisons staff.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis
P. Sempa.

Updated April 9, 2015