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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Federal Inmate Sentenced to Over 6 Years in Prison for Assaulting Correctional Officer at Federal Correctional Institution in Yazoo City

Jackson, Miss. – Brandon Lee Wright, 33, a federal inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Yazoo City (FCI Yazoo), was sentenced on Friday by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to 78 months in federal prison for assaulting a corrections officer at the Bureau of Prisons facility, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.

Wright was found guilty of this criminal offense by a jury on July 2, 2018.  He was already serving time at FCI Yazoo for unrelated misconduct when he assaulted the corrections officer in the facility.  The evidence at trial proved that Wright struck the officer with a closed right fist to the officer’s left eye, leaving abrasions on the officer.

Commenting on the gravity of the offense and referencing the defendant’s extensive criminal history, Judge Wingate sentenced Wright to 78 months of confinement to run consecutive to the remainder of his undischarged prison time from his earlier offense.  The maximum penalty under the law for this criminal offense was eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Abe McGlothin Jr. and Andrew W. Eichner and Special Assistant United States Attorneys Woelke Leithart and Joshua Robles.

 

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Updated January 29, 2019