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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 15, 2022

USP Canaan Inmates Charged With Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Victor Blanco, age 39, and Isaac Carreno, age 25, inmates at United States Penitentiary Canaan (USP Canaan), Waymart, Pennsylvania, were indicted on September 13, 2022, by a federal grand jury for assault and unlawfully possessing a prohibited object.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on August 24, 2022, Blanco and Carreno assaulted another inmate using a sharpened piece of metal with a bed sheet handle. The indictment further alleges that Carreno was in possession of the weapon. 

The matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Assistant United States Attorney James Buchanan is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is ten years’ imprisonment.    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.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated September 15, 2022