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Jury Convicts Federal Inmate of Assault

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – An inmate at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, has been convicted by a federal jury of assaulting another inmate at the facility.

Earl F. Love, 55, was found guilty of one count of assault causing serious bodily injury.

Evidence introduced during the trial indicated that Love walked into the cell of another inmate, identified in court documents as “D.W.,” on Dec. 30, 2018. Love and the victim were in an argument over a sports gambling bet. Love struck D.W., fractured his nose and other bones in his face, and knocked him unconscious. Afterward, the victim requested medical assistance and was transported by ambulance to the emergency room. D.W. was admitted to the hospital and spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit.

Following the presentation of evidence, the jury in the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo., deliberated for three hours before returning the guilty verdict to U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Tuesday, Aug. 18, ending a trial that began Monday, Aug. 17.

Under federal statutes, Love is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Carney and Casey Clark. It was investigated by the FBI.

Updated August 21, 2020

Violent Crime