Beaumont federal inmate sentenced for possessing shank

Beaumont federal inmate sentenced for possessing shank

A 25-year-old federal inmate has been sentenced for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on March 31. .

Armando Rodriguez, Jr., pleaded guilty on Mar. 6, 2017, to possession of a prohibited object and was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

According to information presented in court, on Sep. 11, 2016, Rodriguez, a federal inmate housed in the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont, was found to be in possession of a homemade knife. The knife, commonly referred to as a shank, was discovered by a corrections officer during a routine pat-down. The shank was a piece of metal that had been sharpened to a point and was designed to be used as a weapon. Such objects are prohibited in the Bureau of Prisons. Rodriguez had previously been convicted of a federal drug violation and was scheduled to complete his sentence on April 3, 2017.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.

- U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

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