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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pair of USP Lee Inmates Sentenced to Additional Prison Time for Possessing Illegal Weapons

Larry Brown and Thomas Lewis were each found in Possession of “Shanks”

Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A pair of inmates at United States Penitentiary Lee County in Jonesville were sentenced during separate hearings earlier this week for illegally possessing weapons inside the prison, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced today.


Thomas B. Lewis, 33, and Larry Brown, 22, both inmates at USP Lee, each previously pled guilty to possessing illegal weapons. They were sentenced earlier this week in separate hearings to additional time in federal prison after they were found in possession of homemade, illegal weapons, otherwise known as “shanks.”


Lewis was sentenced to an additional 27 months in federal prison. Brown was sentenced to an additional six months in prison and six months in a halfway house.


The investigation of the case was conducted by Federal Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated March 2, 2017