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July 15, 2014

USP-Canaan Inmate Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment for Attempted Murder

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Senior United States District Court Judge James M. Munley sentenced an inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Canaan, Pennsylvania, to 15 years’ imprisonment for stabbing another inmate multiple times with a sharpened weapon and with the intent to commit murder. Eddie Joe Sutton, age 60, formerly of Texas, was charged with the offense and pleaded guilty on April 15, 2014.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith the attack on the victim inmate occurred on November 7, 2013; the victim inmate survived the attack but suffered numerous stab wounds which required treatment at a local hospital. At the time of the attack, Eddie Joe Sutton was serving a 20-year sentence for bank robbery. Judge Munley ordered the 15-year imprisonment term to be served after completion of his bank robbery sentence.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Special Investigation Section at USP-Canaan.

Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus prosecuted the case.

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