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Several Martin County Federal Prison Inmates Indicted On Various Charges

Amul Thapar, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, announced today that the United States Grand Jury sitting in Ashland, Kentucky, indicted the following individuals. Each one of the following is an inmate serving time at the United States Penitentiary, Big Sandy, located in Martin County, Kentucky:

* Alfred Bell and James Wilson are charged with assaulting each other and possessing a homemade knife. Wilson received serious injury. Bell's injuries were superficial. Both defendants may receive a sentence of not more than 10 years each.

* Simeon Valasquez possessed a homemade knife for which he may receive a sentence of not more than five years.

* Tyrone Brown possessed a homemade knife for which he may receive a sentence of not more than five years.

* Euguene Leathers assaulted a corrections officer for which he may receive a sentence of not more than eight years.

* Maurice Jackson assaulted a corrections officer inflicting serious injuries to the correction's officer. Jackson may receive a sentence of not more than 10 years.

* Francisco Bryan was found in possession of heroin for which he may receive a sentence of not more than 10 years.

* William Eschief and Luis Arechiga assaulted a fellow inmate inflicting serious injury on that inmate for which they may each receive not more than 20 years for assault and five years for possession of a weapon.

* William Burrell, Martin Pedro, Oceanus Perry and Anthony Ward assaulted three corrections officers, two of which were seriously injured for which they may receive a sentence of not more than 10 years each.

If convicted, depending on the extent of the injuries, a defendant may be sentenced up to 20 years on assault; up to 5 years on possession of a weapon; and up to 20 years for possession of narcotics, depending on the type of narcotic involved.

The defendants will be arraigned on a date and time to be set by the Court.

Amul Thapar further announced today that Eugene Strader, Sr. is an inmate at FCI Ashland and Eugene Strader, Jr. is his son. They are charged with conspiracy to smuggle marijuana into the penitentiary for which they maybe receive a sentence of not more than 10 years.

The investigation preceding the Indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Prisons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Indictments were presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick H. Molloy and Robert Duncan, Jr. The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, and that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


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