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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

USP Hazelton inmate charged with assaulting fellow prisoner

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging Deonte Spicer, 28, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary Hazelton, with assaulting a fellow prisoner, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Spicer allegedly stabbed a fellow inmate multiple times with a hand crafted weapon during a physical altercation in February 2015.

Spicer is charged with one count of “Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Do Bodily Harm.” He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Special Investigative Services Unit at USP Hazelton are leading the investigation.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated January 8, 2016