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Inmate at USP Lee Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing Weapon

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

ABINGDON, Va., – Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar announced today that Michael Duncan, an inmate at the USP Lee in Jonesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a weapon inside the prison. Duncan pleaded guilty to one count of possessing contraband in a United States prison, that contraband being a weapon.

According to court documents and evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Hummert, Duncan, 29, was subjected to a search by prison officials, and two weapons were found inside of his left front shorts pocket. One weapon was approximately 6.5 inches in length and the other was approximately 7.5 inches in length. Both weapons were made of metal, sharpened at one end, with a handle made of white fabric on the other end.

Duncan faces up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000, and will be sentenced on November 30, 2021.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Bureau of Prisons. Special Assistant United States Attorney Christine Hummert is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated August 4, 2021