Home Oklahoma City Press Releases 2011 Federal Inmate to Serve 24 More Months in Prison for Possession of Seven-Inch Metal Shank

Federal Inmate to Serve 24 More Months in Prison for Possession of Seven-Inch Metal Shank

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 02, 2011
  • Western District of Oklahoma (405) 553-8700

OKLAHOMA CITY—Yesterday, ROBERT ESPINOSA GARCIA, JR., 29, currently in federal custody at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) at El Reno, Oklahoma, was sentenced to serve 24 months in federal prison for possession of contraband in prison, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

In 2006, Garcia was convicted for possession of methamphetamine in 2006 in the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock) and was sentenced to serve 151 months. While serving that sentence at FCI-El Reno, a staff member conducted a pat down search of Garcia on October 18, 2010, and discovered a prison-made knife inside Garcia’s shoe (i.e. a metal rod approximately seven inches in length sharpened to a point). Garcia was indicted on March 16, 2011, and pled guilty on April 19, 2011.

Yesterday, United States District Judge Joe Heaton sentenced Garcia to serve 24 months in prison for unlawful possession of the shank. The 24-month term will begin to run following the completion of the 151 month federal sentence Garcia is currently serving.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arvo Q. Mikkanen.