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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

Friday, April 4, 2014

Oakdale Inmate Sentenced To 96 Months In Prison For Cutting Guard


LAKE CHARLES, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Gary T. Butler, 48, an inmate at Oakdale Federal Correction Center, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to an additional 96 months in prison and three years of supervised release for attacking a correctional officer.

According to the evidence presented at the guilty plea on March 27, 2014, an officer at the Federal Correction Center in Oakdale, La., was collecting food trays on April 24, 2011 in a special housing unit.  As the guard reached through an opening in the door to Butler’s unit to retrieve a food tray, Butler made a deep cut in the officer’s left forearm.  The wound extended from approximately the officer’s elbow to his wrist, which required internal stitches to the muscle and 23 external staples to mend.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel prosecuted the case.

Updated February 29, 2016