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Former inmate at FCI Hazelton sentenced for manslaughter

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James Dean Odeneal, former inmate at FCI Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 80 months of incarceration for manslaughter in the death of another inmate, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Odeneal, age 30, pled guilty to one count of “Voluntary Manslaughter” in June 2020. Odeneal admitted to stabbing another inmate, killing him, in August 2014.

Odeneal is currently serving time in another federal prison for kidnapping from a 2012 incident in North Dakota. He was sentenced to 144 months in 2013 for that crime. The sentence imposed today, 80 months, will run consecutively to any previous sentence. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen L. Vogrin prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Prisons and the FBI investigated.

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

Updated October 29, 2020

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