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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Federal Inmate Sentenced For Assaulting Prison Warden

ATLANTA – Jeree E. Grey was sentenced today to serve more than seven additional years in federal prison following his conviction by a jury for assaulting the warden of the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta.
“Even an isolated act of violence against an employee inside a federal prison places the safety of all prison staff and inmates at risk,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.   “In this case, the warden was carrying out his duty to maintain safety, security, and good order at the penitentiary when, without provocation, Inmate Grey attacked him.”

“The federal inmate in this matter will be held accountable for his violent actions,” said Mark F. Giuliano, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office. “The FBI remains ready to provide its investigative resources and other assets as needed in assisting the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and their staff in maintaining law and order within U.S. Penitentiary-Atlanta.”

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charge and other information presented during Grey’s trial, on the morning of March 26, 2012, Grey, 33, of Birmingham, Alabama, was walking in a line with other inmates headed to their morning work call in the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta.  Without warning, Grey stepped from the line and struck the warden multiple times, injuring the warden’s face and neck.  At the time of the assault, Grey was serving a ten-year prison sentence for possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. 

Grey was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. to serve an additional seven years, three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Assistant United States Attorney Brent Alan Gray prosecuted the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.

Updated April 8, 2015