Federal inmate pleads guilty to possessing a weapon

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – A federal inmate at FCI Beckley pleads guilty to possessing a weapon.

Deontae Holmes pled guilty to possessing a handcrafted weapon, commonly known as a “shank.”

According to court documents, FCI Beckley staff members found Holmes in possession of a shank on Feb. 22.

The shank was a piece of metal approximately six inches long that was sharpened to a point on one end and had a rubberized tape handle on the other end.  It was found in Holmes’ pants pocket during a random pat search.

Holmes admitted that the shank was designed and intended to be used as a weapon. He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 14, 2022.

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