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Press Release

Two Inmates Sentenced for Possessing Weapons at FCI Beckley

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Lawrence Anderson, 27, and Denardo Graham, 33, were each sentenced yesterday to one year and one day in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a weapon by an inmate at a federal prison, the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Beckley, in separate incidents.

According to court documents and statements made in court, each admitted to possessing a handcrafted weapon commonly known as a “shank” at FCI Beckley, in separate incidents on the following dates: Anderson on December 10, 2022, and Graham on February 12, 2023.

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

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk imposed the sentences. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess prosecuted the cases.

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 Nos. 5:23-cr-106 (Anderson) and 5:23-cr-107 (Graham).



Updated December 15, 2023