Inmate at USP Lee pleads guilty to possessing shank


ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – Juan Fernando Sanchez, an inmate at United States Penitentiary (USP) Lee in Jonesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Abington to possessing contraband within a prison, Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar announced today.

Sanchez, 24, pleaded guilty January 12, 2021 to one count of possession of contraband inside a federal prison, specifically a prison made shank designed to be used as a weapon.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 13, 2021. At sentencing, Sanchez faces a maximum statutory penalty of 60 months in prison.

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The investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Special Assistant United States Attorney Debbie Stevens prosecuted the case for the United States.


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