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McDowell inmate pleads guilty to owning a shank

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) McDowell pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a weapon. 
 
On September 1, 2012, federal inmate Bryan Kent, 43, was found to be in possession of a homemade knife, commonly called a "shank."  Kent admitted that the cylindrical-shaped weapon contained a sharpened piece of metal at one end.  Kent further admitted that he wrapped cloth material around the opposite end of the weapon to form a handle.  The inmate further admitted that the shank was designed and intended to be used as a weapon.  
 
Kent faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced by United States Senior Judge David A. Faber.  The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Assistant United States Attorney John File is in charge of the prosecution.
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