9-10-13 Federal inmate sentenced for assault on prison staff

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CLARKSBURG — United States Attorney William J. lhlenfeld II announced that a federal prisoner will serve an additional 20 years of time as a result of his attack on officials at a prison in Preston County, West Virginia.

A former inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Hazelton has been sentenced to 240 months imprisonment to run consecutive to the 300-month sentence he is currently serving.

Tarvis Leviticus Dunham, 42, was convicted on Jan. 29, 2013, after a 6-day trial on one count of “obstructing justice by retaliating against a witness,” and 5 counts of “assaulting, resisting and impeding certain officers or employees of the Bureau of Prisons.”

Trial evidence indicated that in 2011 Dunham attempted to retaliate against a case manager for producing a record and document during disciplinary proceedings conducted by the Bureau of Prisons relating to an incident that occurred the year before. Dunham forcibly assaulted the case manager and when other correctional officers attempted to restrain Dunham, he forcibly assaulted them by kicking and biting them. He also refused to comply with their orders before they were able to restrain and handcuff him. Dunham was transferred to another United States Penitentiary that same day. A week after the incident, the staff at USP Lee recorded a telephone call between Dunham and his mother where Dunham told his mother that he “about near killed that woman.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon S. Flower and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Investigative Services Unit at USP Hazelton.

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