Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 16, 2014

Federal inmate receives sentence for attempting to escape prison

BLUEFIELD — A federal inmate serving a prison term for bank robbery and other charges was sentenced Wednesday to three years and one month in prison for attempting to escape the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) at McDowell County.

Jason Dunlap, an inmate at FCI McDowell, 35, previously pleaded guilty in September 2013, said U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Dunlap’s sentence was imposed by Senior United States District Court Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield.

On May 7, 2013, Dunlap attempted to escape at FCI McDowell, located near Welch, by climbing to the top of the first of two perimeter fences at the prison. Dunlap was immediately apprehended by prison officials.

The court ordered the sentence to run consecutive to Dunlap’s current prison term. Dunlap is currently serving a 188-month sentence on his convictions in federal court in California for bank robbery, armed bank robbery and interstate transportation of stolen motor vehicles, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution.

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