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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Inmate at USP Lee Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing Weapon

ABINGDON, Va. – An inmate at the USP Lee in Jonesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to unlawfully possessing a weapon inside the prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced.

Antwan Johnson, 28, of Jonesville, pleaded guilty today to one count of possessing contraband in a prison, that contraband being a weapon. Johnson, who faces up to an additional five years in prison for his most recent offense, will be sentenced on September 3, 2020.

According to information presented at his guilty plea hearing, on January 6, 2020, Johnson was subjected to a search by Bureau of Prisons Officers before being escorted into the shower area. At that time, officers were alerted to a metal object in the defendant’s right shoe. The object discovered was approximately 7.5 inches long, made of metal, sharpened to a point at one end with a handle made of fabric on the other end.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Special Assistant United States Attorney Steven J. Luckie prosecuted the case for the United States.

                       

Updated June 9, 2020