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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 24, 2014

USP Hazelton Inmate Convicted Of Assaulting Fellow Inmate


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Victor Herrera, 49, was convicted and sentenced today for assaulting a fellow inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Hazelton, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

In July 2013, an altercation among multiple inmates in the recreation area at USP Hazelton escalated into a physical confrontation. During the exchange, Herrera struck, kicked, and stomped on a fellow inmate.

Herrera admitted his role in the fight when he pled guilty today to one count of "Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury." He was sentenced to an additional twelve months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Special Investigative Service Unit at USP Hazelton investigated.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 7, 2015