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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Federal Inmate Sentenced for Possessing a Weapon in Prison


Jackson, Miss. – Joseph Shaw, 35, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Henry T. Wingate for possession of a weapon within a federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

In 2004, Shaw was sentenced to a term of 295 months by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida after being convicted of carjacking with intent to cause death or serious bodily harm and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. He was assigned to serve his sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

On June 21, 2017, during a routine search, federal correctional officers found Shaw in possession of a 5.5 inch shank that had been made by sharpening a piece of plastic. Shaw pleaded guilty on January 25, 2018. Today, Shaw was sentenced to serve 26 months in federal prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Shaw will serve this new sentence after he completes his earlier sentence.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Special Investigative Section. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Woelke Leithart.

Updated June 5, 2018