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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Inmate at USP Lee Sentenced for Assaulting Corrections Officer

Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A federal inmate at United States Penitentiary at Lee County faces additional federal prison time after being sentenced this afternoon for resisting and assaulting a corrections officer, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.


Darren Wall, 24, was sentenced this afternoon to imprisonment for a term of 60 months. He also was ordered to pay 24,714.32 in restitution. Wall previously pled guilty to 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.


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. Wall was also found in possession of a shank, an improvised knifelike weapon at the time of the incident.


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 July 7, 2017