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Federal Inmate Sentenced to Additional 32 Months in Prison for Possessing Improvised Weapon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

TERRE HAUTE- Javon Britton, 44, of Georgia, has been sentenced to an additional 32 months in federal prison after being found in possession of a weapon while in prison.

According to court documents, in 2015, Britton was convicted of robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and a judge in the Middle District of Georgia sentenced him to 11.5 years in federal prison. He has been serving his prison sentence at the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Complex inmate since 2017.

On April 29, 2019, Britton exited the prison dining hall and passed through a walk-through metal detector. The metal detector alerted staff to an object on Britton’s person. A Bureau of Prisons Officer patted Britton down and located a homemade weapon in his right jacket pocket. The weapon consisted of a combination padlock attached to a belt. Britton ran and was tackled by multiple officers, who removed the weapon. Improvised weapons are illegal to possess in federal prison and pose a significant risk to the safety of fellow inmates and correctional staff.

The Special Investigation Services branch of the Bureau of Prisons investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James R. Sweeney.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys James M. Warden and Jayson W. McGrath, who prosecuted this case.


Updated June 21, 2024

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