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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Inmate Sentenced to More Prison Time for Possessing a Shank

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – An inmate at Moshannon Valley Correctional Center in Philipsburg, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of possession of a prohibited object in prison, and immediately following, was sentenced to two months in prison, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Zhivrago McBride, 38, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, on August 17, 2018, McBride possessed a seven-inch sharpened piece of metal attached to an ink pen.

Assistant United States Attorney Arnold P. Bernard, Jr. prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Mr. Brady commended the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, Special Investigative Staff, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of McBride.

Updated February 11, 2020