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FCI Otisville Inmate Charged With Murdering Fellow Inmate

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

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and James Smith, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced today that federal inmate DANIEL V. SMITH was charged with the murder of a fellow inmate.  SMITH was presented this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew E. Krause.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Philip M. Halpern.

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment and statements made in court:[1]

On or about October 26, 2021, SMITH murdered Patrick Deck, an inmate at FCI Otisville.

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SMITH, 63, was charged with one count of murder in the first degree, which carries a maximum sentence of death.

The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI.

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Coffman is in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the description of the Indictment set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described herein should be treated as an allegation.


Nicholas Biase, Lauren Scarff, Shelby Wratchford
(212) 637-2600

Updated March 27, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-104