Inmate sentenced for assault that left fellow inmate hospitalized

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United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that Ernest Prado, 48, Uvalde, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to 84 months in prison with three years of supervised release for assaulting a fellow inmate. He pleaded guilty July 23, 2013. 

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, officials for the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, on Nov. 29, 2010, observed Prado and fellow inmate Gumaro Lopez in the recreation yard assaulting another inmate using homemade icepick-type weapons. When the corrections officers approached to intervene, Prado and Lopez stopped the assault and threw the weapons on the ground. The injured inmate was transported to a local hospital and was found to have sustained approximately 15 puncture wounds to his upper torso. The assault was captured on video. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation-Alexandria, Louisiana Resident Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell prosecuted the case.