Marion Prison Inmate Sentenced to an Additional 37 Months for Assault and Possessing a Weapon
Francisco Jose Cantu, 31, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton to a 37-month term of imprisonment for assaulting another inmate with a dangerous weapon and possessing a homemade knife within that facility, announced Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Cantu had previously pled guilty to a three count indictment charging him with assaulting a fellow inmate with a metal combination lock contained in a sock (counts 1 and 2) and possession of a homemade knife on a separate occasion (count 3). The offenses occurred on February 16, 2016, and March 6, 2016, respectively.
At the time these offenses, Cantu was serving a 360-month sentence, imposed in the Western District of Texas, for production of child pornography. The 37-month sentence was imposed consecutively to that sentence.
In addition to the term of imprisonment, Cantu was ordered to pay the United States special assessments totaling $300 and was placed on a three-year term of supervised release to follow his incarceration.
Cantu was immediately returned to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to resume serving his sentences.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James M. Cutchin.