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Inmate Charged with Assault of a Butler County Prison Corrections Officer

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

PITTSBURGH, PA.- An inmate at Allegheny County Jail has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge related to his assault of a corrections officer while in federal custody, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The one-count Indictment named David W. Fitzgerald, 42, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, Fitzgerald is alleged to have assaulted a corrections officer while in federal custody at the Butler County Prison on or about April 1, 2022. The assault occurred while Fitzgerald was being detained at this facility related to a prior federal firearm charge. The corrections officer suffered injuries including lacerations to his mouth and a broken tooth as a result of the assault.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Nicole A. Stockey is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshals Service and the Butler County Detective Bureau conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 13, 2022

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