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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Inmate gets 15 month sentence

  • Man also sentenced for using Japanese weapon.
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  • — The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has announced that in Scranton Senior United States District Court Judge James M. Munley sentenced Anthony Orlando Gibbs, age 37, formerly of Michigan, to 15 months' imprisonment for bribing a correctional officer at the United States Penitentiary at Canaan to smuggle contraband into the prison.
    The sentencing follows Gibbs' guilty plea to a Criminal Information charging him with bribery of a public official.
    The Criminal Information noted that during the spring and summer of 2011, Gibbs was an inmate at USP-Canaan. The United States Penitentiary-Canaan is a high security institution housing male inmates.
    High security institutions, also known as United States Penitentiaries, have highly-secured perimeters featuring walls or reinforced fences, multiple- and single-occupant cell housing, the highest staff-to-inmate ratio, and close control of inmate movement.
    The criminal information further noted that under federal law, inmates are prohibited from possessing cellular telephones. USP-Canaan is also a smoke-free environment; inmates are not allowed to purchase or possess any kind of tobacco product which is considered contraband within the institution.
    The criminal information alleged that Gibbs paid more than $5,000 to correctional officer Donald E. Lykon to induce him to smuggle to the defendant cellular phones, marijuana, tobacco and related items within the United States Penitentiary at Canaan.
    There was a plea agreement in the case which was accepted by Senior Judge Munley.
    Judge Munley previously sentenced correctional officer Donald E. Lykon to 18 months imprisonment and his wife, Kimberly Lykon, to five months imprisonment for their roles in the scheme.
    The investigation was conducted by the United States Department of Justice Office of Inspector General.
    Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gurganus prosecuted the case.
    Honesdale man convicted
    A Wayne County Jury convicted James Mihalis, age 54 of Honesdale, PA of Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon, a Felony of the 2nd Degree, Simple Assault, a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree and Recklessly Endangering Another Person, also a Misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree.
    The jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before a guilty finding was returned on all charges.
    Page 2 of 2 - After the verdict Judge Raymond L. Hamill revoked the defendant's bail and remanded him to the Wayne County Prison pending his April 18 sentencing date.
    The incident which gave rise to the charges occurred on June 29, 2012, in Berlin Township.
    The defendant was walking his dog down the middle of Dunn Road in the area of Slish Road. The defendant was striking passing vehicles with a Japanese Sai, a metal martial arts weapon.
    The driver of one of the damaged vehicles stopped to inquire why the defendant struck his vehicle. At that time the defendant struck the victim in the head with the weapon.
    The case was investigated by Pennsylvania State Troopers Brian Rickard and Terrance Branning. First Assistant District Attorney Patrick L. Robinson prosecuted the case.
    District Attorney Janine Edwards stated that she was gratified by the Jury's verdict.
    "This verdict sends a strong message that the citizens of Wayne County are not going to tolerate this kind of outrageous conduct."
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