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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 24, 2017

Inmate at USP Lee Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Corrections Officer

Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A federal inmate at United States Penitentiary at Lee County faces additional federal prison time after pleading guilty this morning to resisting and assaulting a corrections officer, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.

 

Darren Wall, 24, waived his right to be indicted and pled guilty this morning to a one count Information charging him with one count of forcibly assaulting and resisting an officer and employee of the United States while that officer was engaged in the performance of official duties and during the commission of such offense did inflict bodily injury.

 

United States District Judge James P. Jones scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 6, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., in Abingdon. At sentencing, Wall faces a sentence of imprisonment for a term of between five and eight years

 

According to evidence presented to the court today by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer, on May 9, 2016, on May 9, 2016, Wall, while an inmate at USP Lee, resisted and assaulted a corrections officer while the officer performed his official duties. That assault caused bodily injury to the officer.

 

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bristol, Virginia, office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney AUSA Randy Ramseyer is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated April 24, 2017