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May 28, 2015

Federal Inmate Charged with Threatening Correctional Official

WILLIAMSPORT, PN—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a grand jury in Williamsport returned an indictment against an inmate serving a sentence at the United States Penitentiary Allenwood, White Deer, Pennsylvania.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Wynn Sheldon age 50, of Albany, New York is charged with making repeated threats to kill a correctional officer and his family in June and July 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Wayne P. Samuelson is assigned to prosecute the case.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statues and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute for each offense is ten years’ imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000. 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.

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