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United States Penitentiary Inmate Found Guilty of Assaulting Bureau of Prisons Employees

DENVER—Following a two-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello, Antoine J. Wallace, an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, was found guilty of three counts of assaulting two Bureau of Prisons employees. The jury deliberated for approximately 45 minutes before returning their guilty verdicts. Wallace is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Arguello on September 13, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. The defendant appeared at the trial in custody and was remanded immediately after the verdict was read.

Wallace chose not to attend the first day of his trial. He acted as his own attorney (pro se) on the second day of his trial. The court appointed stand-by advisory counsel should Wallace want legal advice.

Wallace was indicted on February 14, 2011 by a federal grand jury in Denver. He was found guilty of three counts of assaulting a Bureau of Prisons employee on June 12, 2012.

According to the indictment and facts that came out during trial, on December 21, 2010, at the United States Penitentiary High Security Facility in Florence, Wallace did intentionally forcibly assault an officer and employee of the Federal Bureau of Prisons on two separate occasions, while the victims were engaged in the performance of their official duties. The commission of the violent acts resulted in bodily injury to the victims. One of the victims is medically disabled and can never return to work for the Bureau of Prisons.

Wallace faces not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine of not more than $250,000 per count for each of the three counts.

“Through the hard work of the trial team, an inmate who has proven himself a danger to others and who assaulted two Bureau of Prisons employees has been convicted and will be kept off the streets,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh.

FBI Special Agent in Charge James Yacone stated, “The FBI is committed to providing all necessary resources and working together with the Bureau of Prisons to fully investigate crimes in which federal prison employees are brutally assaulted. Such actions by prisoners will never be tolerated.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons-Special Investigative Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Wallace was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Hayley Reynolds and Judith Smith.

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