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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Inmate charged in attempted murder

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    WAYMART – On Tuesday the United States Attorney's Office for the middle district of Pennsylvania announced that an inmate was charged with assault with intent to murder another inmate.
    Joseph Wing, 27, an inmate at the United State Penitentiary (USP) Canaan in Waymart was indicted by a federal grand jury in Scranton for the assault.
    Peter Smith, United States attorney, stated that the grand jury alleges the incident happened on May 16 in the prison.
    Wing is also charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Prisons investigated the incident.
    The United States Attorney's Office said that if convicted, Wing can face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
    Assistant United States Attorney Francis P. Sempa is the prosecutor in this case.
    Indictments and criminal informations are only allegations.
    All people charged in incidents are presumed innocent until found guilty in court.
    According to the United States Attorney's Office, a sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the judge “after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.”
    Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs.
    For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.
    Paul Gibson, public information officer at USP Canaan said he can't comment while the case is still under investigation.

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