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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 16, 2021

USP Canaan Inmate Charged With Assault With A Dangerous Weapon And Possession Of A Prohibited Object

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Louis Borrero, age 38, an inmate at United States Penitentiary, Canaan (USP Canaan), in Waymart, Pennsylvania, was indicted on December 14, 2021, by a federal grand jury on assault and weapon possession charges. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment alleges that inmate Borrero assaulted a victim on July 16, 2021 at USP Canaan with a razor blade, which is a contraband weapon in a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons Special Investigation Section (SIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting the case.

Indictments and Criminal Informations 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 combined penalty under federal law for these offenses is 15 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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Updated December 16, 2021