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Federal Prisoner Sentenced to Over 14 Years for Assaulting Two Victims with a Shank

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

Jackson, Miss. – Valentino Gonzalez, 47, of Texas, a federal inmate in the United States Penitentiary in Yazoo City, Mississippi, was sentenced Friday, by Chief United States District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, to 170 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for two counts of assault, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

In 2005, Valentino Gonzalez was convicted and sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison for conspiracy to murder. He was serving that sentence in the United States Penitentiary in Yazoo City, Mississippi, when in September 2017, Gonzalez attacked another prisoner with a long, metal shank stabbing him repeatedly. When a correctional officer attempted to intervene, Gonzalez stabbed the officer. Both victims sustained serious injuries.

U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the work of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the investigation of this case.

Updated November 19, 2018