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Federal Inmates Sentenced on Weapons Charges

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

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that two inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell were sentenced on weapons charges in federal court in Bluefield.  These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentences.

“If I had a nickel for every shank, I’d be a wealthy man,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Shanks are a danger to law enforcement and our prison support team members. We will never allow our team members to be placed at unnecessary risk. Every inmate we find with a shank or other prohibited item will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Colin Threadgill, 27, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for possessing a handcrafted weapon known as a “shank.”  Threadgill pled guilty in January, admitting that on April 10, 2018, he possessed a shank which a staff member at the prison seized. 

Sterling Cleggett, 35, was also sentenced to 15 months in prison.  He pled guilty in August to possessing a shank at the prison on May 3, 2018. 

Each sentence was imposed to begin following completion of the sentence the inmate was serving at the time he possessed the shank.  Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecutions.


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Updated February 28, 2019