ASHLAND, Ky. - Five inmates at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy were indicted today by a federal grand jury for charges of assault relating to an incident on September 1, 2006.
The indictment charges all inmates Jason Fowler, Christopher M.
York, Russell H. Lindsay, Bill J. Buckley and Jerry Lee Lewis assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of prohibited objects.
It is alleged that Fowler assaulted fellow inmate Michael Eck with the intent to murder or harm him, by stabbing him with a prison made weapon, a piece of plastic sharpened to a point and a piece of metal sharpened to a point.
The indictment alleges Russell Lindsay possessed a piece of metal sharpened to a point, designed and intended to be used as a weapon, in the assault on fellow inmate Eck. Also, that Billy Buckley assaulted fellow inmate Eck, which resulted in bodily harm to Eck.
The indictment also alleges Christopher York assaulted fellow inmate Travis Giles with a prohibited object, a combination lock attached to a belt, with the intent to harm Giles.
If convicted on all counts, Lindsay, Buckley, and Lewis each face up to 25 years in prison; Fowler faces up to 45 years in prison and York faces up to 15 years in prison.
Any sentence following conviction will be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and applicable federal statutes and would run consecutive to the sentence that they are currently serving.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Indictment was presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.
Appearance before the United States District Court has not yet been set by the Court in Ashland, Ky.
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.