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Federal Inmate Sentenced for Additional Offenses of Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Possession of Contraband in Prison

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

Memphis, TN – Israel Urbina, 26, a convicted felon, has been sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a contraband. Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr., announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, Urbina, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Memphis, Tennessee, was serving a 51-month sentence for possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell.

On June 23, 2019, Urbina stabbed two fellow inmates. Both victims sustained injuries and were transported to Regional One Hospital. The weapon used in the assault, half of a broken pair of scissors measuring 7 inches, was recovered from the inside of a trash can located outside of Urbina’s cell.

On March 16, 2021, Urbina pled guilty to the charges in the indictment.

On August 30, 2021, U.S. District Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced the defendant to 51 months imprisonment to be followed by three years’ supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy K. Cornejo prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.



Cherri Green
Public Affairs
(901) 544-4231

Updated August 31, 2021