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FCI McDowell inmates plead guilty to possessing shanks

MCDOWELL COUNTY (WVVA) - Two inmates at FCI McDowell have pled guilty to weapons charges, US Attorney Mike Stuart announced Tuesday.

Corey Fair, 27, and Rashun Evans, 23, both admitted to possessing a handcrafted weapon, known as a "shank."

Fair admitted having a "shank" in January 2020. The weapon, which was 5.5 inches long, was found by a staff member at the prison during a random search.

Evans admitted to having a "shank" in February 2020. A staff member found the weapon, a seven inch long piece of sharpened metal, underneath a telephone in a common area.

Evans and Fair admitted that the shanks were designed and intended to be used as a weapon.

“Bureau of Prisons staff members do an excellent job of finding and confiscating shanks, ultimately thwarting potential violence among inmates,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “These cases will be prosecuted and offenders will find themselves with longer prison sentences.”

The inmates face up to five years in prison, to be served consecutively to the sentences they are now serving. Their sentencing is set for April 29, 2021.

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