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Federal Inmate Pleads to Weapon Charge

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

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a federal inmate pled guilty to a weapon charge.  Sterling Cleggett, 35, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell, pled guilty to possessing a weapon inside the prison.  Stuart praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

“Yet another inmate found in possession of shank,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Another inmate that will receive an extended stay at the FCI.”

Cleggett admitted that  on May 3, 2018, he possessed a handcrafted weapon commonly known as a “shank.”  A prison staff member found the weapon inside Cleggett’s pants.  Cleggett faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on December 11, 2018. 

Assistant United States Attorney John File is prosecuting the case.  Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided at the plea hearing.


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Updated August 1, 2018