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Federal inmate sentenced for weapons violation at FCI Beckley

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A prison inmate was sentenced today to a year and three months for possession of a weapon, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Elliott Tubbs, Jr., 30, previously pleaded guilty in July 2016 to the federal crime. This new sentence will run consecutively to the sentence of five years that Tubbs is serving for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Tubbs admitted that on February 20, 2016, while serving time as an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at Beckley, a staff member at the prison searched him and found a sharpened wooden object in his sock. The object, a handcrafted weapon, is commonly called a “shank.” 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorney John File is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence.

Updated September 21, 2016