United States Penitentiary, Big Sandy

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US Penitentiary, Big Sandy
USP.BIG.SANDY.jpg
LocationMartin County, Kentucky, United States
StatusOperational
Security classHigh-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,432 (132 in prison camp)
Opened2003
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
 
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US Penitentiary, Big Sandy
USP.BIG.SANDY.jpg
LocationMartin County, Kentucky, United States
StatusOperational
Security classHigh-security (with minimum-security prison camp)
Population1,432 (132 in prison camp)
Opened2003
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The United States Penitentiary, Big Sandy (USP Big Sandy) is a high-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Kentucky, near Inez. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. The facility also has a satellite prison camp which houses minimum-security male inmates.

USP Big Sandy is located in eastern Kentucky, approximately 133 miles from Frankfort, and 140 miles from Lexington.[1][2]

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Notable incidents

In April 2009, a USP Big Sandy was sentenced to 26 years for the murder of another inmate. Terrell Johnson, 33, who was serving a sentence for armed bank robbery, killed inmate Calvin Speight by stabbing him in the neck with a prison-made weapon in October of 2006. It was the first homicide in the history of USP Big Sandy since its opening in 2003. Johnson pleaded guilty to the charge of second degree murder in August 2008 and is currently being held at USP Florence ADX, the federal supermax prison in Colorado. He is scheduled for release in 2035.[3][4]

On November 12, 2006, USP Big Sandy inmates Darryl Milburne and Dwaune Gravely beat and choked fellow inmate Shamoni Peterson to death. Milburne and Gravely were charged with murder, assault, and evidence tampering. Gravely was sentenced to life and is still incarcerated at USP Big Sandy; Milburne was transferred to USP Florence ADX and is scheduled for release in 2025.[5][6][7]

Notable inmates (current and former)

Inmate NameRegister NumberStatusDetails
Roy Belfast, Jr.76556-004Currently serving a 97-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2091.Son of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor; convicted in 2008 of crimes related to the torture of people in Liberia between April 1999 and July 2003.[8]
Fernando King19164-424Currently serving a 40-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2043.Lieutenant for Augustin Zambrano, leader of the Latin Kings in Illinois; pleaded guilty in 2010 to rackeering conspiracy for running a Chicago-based drug-trafficking enterprise.[9][10]
Abdi Wali Dire

Said Abdi Fooley

75679-083

77994-083

Currently serving life sentences.Somalis convicted of piracy; Dire for the 2010 attack on the American warship USS Nicholas; Fooley for the 2010 hijacking of the civilian yacht Quest, which led to the deaths of four US citizens; the convictions marked the first time in 190 years that an American jury has convicted defendants of piracy.[11][12][13]
Lonnell Glover22163-083Currently serving a life sentence.Drug kingpin; convicted in 2008 of drug trafficking for his role as leader of a Washington, DC PCP ring described as the largest in the city's history.[14][15]
Margarito Armijo36250-177Currently serving a life sentence.Member of the "Grand Prairie Bandits;" convicted in 2008 of committing armed robberies at nine banks in Texas in 2006; accomplices Jason Montes and Luis Favila are serving sentences of life and 42 years at other federal facilities.[16]

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