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Federal Inmate Sentenced for 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, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for assaulting a correctional officer.

After a two-day trial in October 2023, 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, during a search of Foster’s cell, officers found a prison-made weapon. When a correctional officer attempted to seize the object, Foster struck the officer with his fist.

Foster will serve three years of supervised release once his prison sentence is complete.

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

The Bureau of Prisons investigated.

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

Updated May 9, 2024

Violent Crime