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Friday, January 13, 2017

Pollock prisoner from Texas pleads guilty to assaulting fellow inmate

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Pollock prisoner pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting another inmate.


John Garza, 33, a prisoner at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La., who is from Gonzales, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, to one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. According to the guilty plea, Garza assaulted a fellow inmate on July 31, 2016, by stabbing him in the neck and back area. Video cameras showed Garza attacking a fellow inmate pushing him to the ground. He then stabbed and tramped on the inmate. The inmate was later brought to a local hospital where he was treated for severe injuries.


Garza faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date of April 12, 2017 was set.


The FBI and U.S. Bureau of Prisons investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath is prosecuting the case.

Violent Crime
Updated January 13, 2017