A federal jury returned a guilty verdict on October 7 convicting Deonte Spicer, 28, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary Hazelton, of assaulting a fellow prisoner, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Following a two day trial, a jury found Spicer guilty of one count of “Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Do Bodily Harm.” Evidence presented at trial indicated that Spicer stabbed a fellow inmate multiple times with a hand crafted weapon during a physical altercation in February 2015.

Spicer faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Special Investigative Services Unit at USP Hazelton investigated.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Editor’s Note: The information above is directly from a press release from the Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of West Virginia.

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