August 11, 2017

Federal inmate gets additional time for assaulting fellow inmate

SCRANTON – A federal judge in Scranton sentenced James Carson, 31, to 41 additional months of imprisonment for assaulting a fellow inmate while incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary at Canaan in Waymart.

Carson previously pleaded guilty to the assault, during which he stabbed another inmate several times with an improvised knife, causing serious injury. Carson was deemed a career offender, in consideration of his extensive criminal history.

At the time of the assault, Carson was serving a sentence on a 2012 federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Carson’s new sentence will run consecutive to his current term.

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