LONDON, Ky. - A former inmate at United States Penitentiary Big Sandy, Terrell Lamar Johnson, was indicted today by a federal grand jury for murder, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, and possession of a weapon in prison, all in relation to an altercation that occurred last year at the prison.
The three count indictment alleges that on October 24, 2006, Johnson, 31, originally from Omaha, Neb.. killed fellow inmate Calvin Speight, by stabbing him with a 6-inch piece of metal that had been sharpened to a point.
If convicted, Johnson faces up to life in prison. However, any sentence following conviction will be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and applicable federal statutes.
Amul R. Thapar, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Tracy A. Reinhold, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, jointly made the announcement after the indictment was returned.
The investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Prisons. The indictment was presented to the Grand Jury by Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick H. Molloy and Robert M. Duncan, Jr. Johnson's appearance before the United States District Court has not yet been set.
The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only, that person is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.