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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 14, 2020

Two Allenwood Federal Prison Inmates Charged With Assault On Another Inmate

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two United States Penitentiary Allenwood (USP Allenwood) inmates Alexander Palmisano, age 35, and William Oloane, age 30, were indicted on February 13, 2020, by a federal grand jury for an assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that on April 5, 2019 Palmisano and Oloane assaulted another inmate at USP Allenwood.  The assault resulted in serious bodily injury, including 10 broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, and injuries to the head and face requiring hospitalization.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons.  Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel 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 10 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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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated February 14, 2020