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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 today for possessing a weapon at the correctional facility. Rondale Faulkner, 34, from Virginia, was sentenced to one year and three months in prison to run consecutively to the sentence he currently is serving.

According to court documents, on September 26, 2020, Faulkner possessed a handcrafted weapon commonly known as a “shank.” During a visual search of Faulkner, staff members from FCI McDowell found the shank, which was a piece of metal approximately six inches in length, sharpened to a point at one end, with thread tied around cloth on the other end to form a handle.  As part of his plea, Faulkner admitted that the shank was designed and intended to be used as a weapon.

United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 

Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess 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. 1:21-cr-00110.





Updated December 1, 2021