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Western District of Virginia

Monday, August 1, 2016

Madison Heights Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Report to Federal Prison

Bernadino Rodriguez Failed to Report to Federal Prison, Will now Serve 21 Additional Months in Federal Prison

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA – A Madison Heights man who failed to report for his previously ordered 72 month federal prison sentence based on a drug conviction in 2015, pled guilty today to a new federal charge and was sentenced to additional prison time, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Bernadino Rodriguez, 26, of Madison Heights, Va., pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg to one count of failure to surrender for service of sentence. Rodriguez was also sentenced today to an additional 21 months of incarceration on the failure to surrender for service charge.

“Individuals who are convicted and sentenced must adhere to the rule of law and surrender for service,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick said today. “Those defendants who are able to self-report must not take advantage of the system, but when they do, they will be punished.”

Today’s guilty plea is based on the defendant’s April 2015 federal drug case in which he pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. In that case, Rodriguez was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison and ordered to report to FCI Butner. When he failed to report to FCI Butner to begin serving his sentence an arrest warrant was issued. Rodriguez was arrested on April 26, 2016. 

The investigation of the case was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Bassford prosecuted the case for the United States.

Drug Trafficking
Updated August 1, 2016