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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 8, 2015

Former FCI-Greenville Inmate Sentenced For Possession Of Contraband By A Federal Inmate

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on May 7, 2015, Rodney George Plenty Hawk, Jr., 36, formerly an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville, IL ("FCI-Greenville"), was sentenced for Possession of Contraband by a Federal Inmate. Plenty Hawk received 18 months in federal prison, which must run consecutive (in addition) to the remainder of his current sentence, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. Plenty Hawk has been detained since his arraignment on the Indictment on December 5, 2014.

The charge occurred on November 5, 2014, when a correctional officer at FCI-Greenville received information that Plenty Hawk might be under the influence of alcohol. Based on this information, Plenty Hawk was escorted to an area for a visual search of his person and so that he could provide a urine sample. Before the search began, Plenty Hawk told the correctional officers that he had a "shank" on his person which he subsequently turned over to the officers. The "shank" was a white plastic rod, approximately 9½ inches long, sharpened to a point at one end with a braided cord at the other end. Federal inmates are prohibited from possessing "shanks" or any type of home-made weapon, and these items are considered contraband within FCI-Greenville.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Prison’s Special Investigations Section. The case was assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Angela Scott.

Updated May 8, 2015