Monday, December 12, 2011

Federal Inmate Charged with Assaulting Correctional Officer

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that the grand jury in Williamsport, Pennsylvania returned a one-count indictment yesterday charging inmate James Dixon, age 32, formerly of Providence, RI, with assaulting, resisting, and impeding a correctional officer at the United States Penitentiary at Allenwood on June 21, 2010.

According to the indictment, Dixon assaulted and inflicted bodily injury upon an electrical supervisor employed at the penitentiary by hitting and striking the supervisor and grabbing and knocking him to the ground. The indictment also alleges that Dixon aided and abetted another inmate, who allegedly punched, struck, and beat the supervisor about the torso area and kicked him after he had been taken to the ground by Dixon.

If convicted of the offense charged in the indictment, Dixon faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Prosecution of this matter is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel.


An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges.

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