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Press Release

Inmate Sentenced for Having Weapon at FCI McDowell

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

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) McDowell was sentenced in federal court today for possessing a weapon at the correctional facility, according to United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Desmond Johnson, 29, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, to run consecutively to the sentence he currently is serving. He also was sentenced to three years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

“As if serving time in a federal prison isn’t bad enough, Johnson made things worse for himself by possessing a shank,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Shanks are incredibly dangerous for other inmates and for prison staff. Now he has an extended stay at FCI McDowell.”

Johnson admitted that on July 21, 2019 he possessed a handcrafted weapon commonly called a shank. A staff member at the prison saw Johnson drop the shank, and another staff member recovered it.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:20-cr-00057.


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Updated September 14, 2020