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Judge Sentences Federal Inmate for Prison Escape

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

Erie, Pa. - An inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court to 1 month in jail on his conviction of escape after conviction, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Court Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Jonathan Rodriguez Melendez, 26. The sentence was imposed to run consecutively to the sentence Melendez is currently serving.

According to the information presented to the court, on or about October 10, 2015, Melendez escaped from the Federal Prison Camp at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution while he was serving a term of imprisonment imposed by the Western District of New York upon his conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended Officers of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Melendez.

Updated July 11, 2016