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United States Penitentiary Canaan Inmate Pleads Guilty To Assault Of Correctional Officer And Is Sentenced To Serve An Additional 15 Months In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

WILKES-BARRE - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Johnny Fletcher, age 41, formerly of South Carolina and currently an inmate at the United States Penitentiary Canaan, pleaded guilty on June 12, 2019, before Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo, to assault on a correctional officer and was immediately sentenced to serve an additional 15 months in prison.  

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Fletcher admitted to punching a correctional officer on February 5, 2019, after Fletcher set off a metal detector and refused to submit to a search by the correctional officer. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted the case.


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Updated June 14, 2019