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Federal inmate convicted of assaulting correctional officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Dwight Foster, age 50, a federal inmate formerly housed at United States Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, was convicted of assaulting a correctional officer.

After a two-day trial, a jury found Foster guilty of assault of a correctional officer involving physical contact and possession of a weapon. According to court documents and statements made in court, Foster was found with a prison-made weapon during a random search. When a correctional officer attempted to seize the object from Foster and detain him, Foster struck the officer in the face and chest with his fist.

Foster faces up to 8 years in prison for the assault charge and up to 5 years for the weapon charge. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brandon Flower and Christie Utt prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Updated October 16, 2023