United States Penitentiary, Coleman

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United States Penitentiary, Coleman
LocationSumter County, near Wildwood, Florida
Security classHigh-security
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenTamyra Jarvis(USP Coleman I) D.B. Drew (USP Coleman II)
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United States Penitentiary, Coleman
LocationSumter County, near Wildwood, Florida
Security classHigh-security
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons
WardenTamyra Jarvis(USP Coleman I) D.B. Drew (USP Coleman II)

The United States Penitentiary, Coleman (USP Coleman) is a high-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Florida. It is part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FCC Coleman is located in central Florida, approximately 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa, and 35 miles south of Ocala.[1]


Correction Officer Michael Rudkin[edit]

In late 2008, Michael Rudkin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a female inmate and plotting with her to kill his wife while he was a correction officer at the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury, a federal prison for women in Connecticut.[2] Rudkin was sent to FCC Coleman to serve his sentence. While at Coleman, Rudkin solicited the help of fellow inmates in June 2009 to find a hitman to kill his ex-wife, her new boyfriend, his former inmate paramour and a federal investigator. He provided a handwritten note giving physical descriptions and locations of the intended victims to fellow inmates. The inmates alerted authorities, who instructed the inmates to provide Rudkin with a false name and address of a "hitman." Rudkin subsequently mailed money from his inmate account to the alleged "hitman" as an advance. Rudkin was subsequently convicted of orchestrating the plot and sentenced to 90 years in prison, which he is serving at the United States Penitentiary, Florence ADX, the federal supermax facility in Colorado.[3][4]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Financial crimes[edit]

Inmate NameRegister NumberStatusDetails
Allen Stanford35017-183Currently serving a life sentence under his actual name, Robert Allen Stanford.Owner of the now-defunct Stanford Financial Group; convicted in 2012 of fraud, money laundering and other charges for masterminding a Ponzi scheme which defrauded thousands of investors of over $7 billion; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[5]


Somali pirates armed with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and semi-automatic pistols
Inmate NameRegister NumberStatusDetails
Amine El Khalifi79748-083Currently serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2038.Al-Qaeda supporter; pleaded guilty in June 2012 to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction for plotting to conduct a suicide bombing at the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC in February 2012.[6][7]
Gabul Abdullah Ali

Muhidin Salad Omar



Currently serving life sentences.Somalis convicted of piracy; Ali for the 2010 attack on the American warship USS Nicholas; Omar for the 2010 hijacking of the civilian yacht Quest, during which four US citizens were killed; the convictions marked the first time in 190 years that an American jury has convicted defendants of piracy.[8][9][10]

Organized crime figures[edit]

†The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 eliminated parole for federal inmates. However, inmates sentenced for offenses committed prior to 1987 are eligible for parole consideration.[11]

Inmate NameRegister NumberStatusDetails
Benjamin Arellano Felix00678-748Currently serving a 25-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2033.Former leader of the Tijuana Cartel in Mexico, which imported thousands of tons of cocaine into the United States and killed over 1,000 civilians and law enforcement officers over a 16-year period.[12]
Juan Bernabe-Ramirez90922-012Currently serving a life sentence; eligible for release in 2026.†Drug cartel figure convicted in connection with the 1985 kidnapping and murder of US Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena.[13][14][15][16]
Stephen Caracappa04597-748Currently serving a life sentence.Former NYPD detective; convicted in 2006 of taking bribes to carry out murders and leak law enforcement intelligence disclosing the identities of witnesses for the Gambino Crime Family; his partner, Louis Eppolito, was also sentenced to life.[17]
Clayton Roueche36994-177Currently serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2034.Leader of the United Nations gang, a violent Canadian-based criminal organization; pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering in 2009.[18][19]
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Gang leaders[edit]

Inmate NameRegister NumberStatusDetails
Harry Bowman26595-039Currently serving a life sentence.Outlaws Motorcycle Club President; convicted in 2001 of directing a racketeering enterprise which engaged in drug trafficking, extortion, murders and bombings; was one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives until his capture in 1999.[20][21]
Clarence Heatley39015-054Currently serving a life sentence.Leader of the Preacher Crew, a violent gang which sold crack-cocaine in the Bronx and Harlem in New York City; pleaded guilty to racketeering and murder conspiracy in connection with 13 drug-related homicides.[22][23]
Ronnie Thomas43322-037Currently serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2025.Leader of the Tree Top Pirus, a subset of the Bloods street gang in Maryland, and producer of the Stop Snitchin' video series; convicted in 2010 of racketeering for participating in murder conspiracy, drug trafficking and robbery.[24][25]

Law enforcement murders[edit]

Inmate NameRegister NumberStatusDetails
Leonard Peltier89637-132Currently serving two consecutive life sentences, plus an additional seven consecutive years for an armed escaped from USP Lompoc; eligible for release in 2040.Member of the American Indian Movement, a Native American activist group; convicted in 1977 of murdering FBI Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams during a shootout at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.[26]
Melvin Guyon30427-060Currently serving a life sentence.Convicted of the 1979 murder of FBI Agent Johnnie Oliver, who was attempting to apprehend Guyon with other agents; Guyon was wanted for kidnapping, rape and armed robbery.[27]


Inmate NameRegister NumberStatusDetails
Robert Gisevius31551-034Currently serving a 40-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2045.Former New Orleans police officer; convicted of civil rights violations in 2011 in connection with the 2005 Danziger Bridge shootings, during which police opened fire on a group of unarmed civilians, killing two; several other officers were also sentenced to prison.[28][29]
Ryan Dougherty95596-020Currently serving a 35-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2042.Pleaded guilty in 2012 to engaging in a multistate crime spree with siblings Dylan and Lee Dougherty, during which they committed an armed bank robbery and engaged in shootouts with police officers; Dylan and Lee Dougherty were also sentenced to 35 years.[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Coleman Medium". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  2. ^ http://www.justice.gov/usao/ct/Press2009/20090115-4.html
  3. ^ http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/press/2009/2009_10_30.pdf
  4. ^ July 15, 2010 (2010-07-15). "Former guard gets 90 years in prison for trying to arrange murders behind bars - Orlando Sentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08.  Text "By Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel " ignored (help)
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/15/business/stanford-sentenced-to-110-years-in-jail-in-fraud-case.html?pagewanted=all
  6. ^ http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/June/12-nsd-794.html
  7. ^ http: //www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/capitol-suicide-bomb-plotter-gets-30-year-sentence/2012/09/14/836f8dde-fe96-11e1-b153-218509a954e1_story.html
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  9. ^ Nasaw, Daniel (2011-10-03). "BBC News - Somali pirates face hard time in US prison". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  10. ^ http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae/news/2011/05/20110525omarnr.html
  11. ^ "History of The Federal Parole System". US Department of Justice. 
  12. ^ April 03, 2012 (2012-04-03). "Former drug kingpin Arellano Felix gets 25-year prison term - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08.  Text "By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times " ignored (help)
  13. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1998/aug/20/local/me-14842
  14. ^ http://archive.ca9††††††.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/04485f8dcbd4e1ea882569520074e698/75d7d953c6f1ba0888256e5a00707737?OpenDocument
  15. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1991-05-22/local/me-2081_1_state-police
  16. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1990-07-30/news/mn-969_1_kidnaping
  17. ^ Feuer, Alan (2009-03-09). "Louis J. Eppolito News - The New York Times". Topics.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  18. ^ "Vancouver gang leader pleads guilty, U.S. prosecutor to seek 30-year sentence - British Columbia - CBC News". Cbc.ca. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  19. ^ Carter, Mike (2011-02-15). "Local News | Canadian drug kingpin resentenced to 30 years in pen | Seattle Times Newspaper". O.seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  20. ^ "WHITE PRISON GANGS: Harry Bowman Outlaws MC". Whiteprisongangs.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  21. ^ Leisner, Pat. "Outlaw Biker Gets Life - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  22. ^ By LYNDA RICHARDSONPublished: November 15, 1996 (1996-11-15). "18 Indicted on Murder and Drug Charges - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  23. ^ By BENJAMIN WEISERPublished: February 06, 1999 (1999-02-06). "Gang Leader, in Plea Deal, Admits to Role in 13 Killings - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  24. ^ Washington, The (2010-01-29). "Baltimore's 'Stop Snitching' star convicted". Washington Times. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  25. ^ "Baltimore Crime Beat: Producer of Stop Snitching video sentenced - Baltimore crime news: Police, courts and police stories in the city and central Maryland - baltimoresun.com". Weblogs.baltimoresun.com. 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  26. ^ "AIM occupation of Wounded Knee ends — History.com This Day in History — 5/8/1973". History.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  27. ^ "FBI — Johnnie L. Oliver". Fbi.gov. 1979-08-09. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  28. ^ "USDOJ: New Orleans Police Officers Convicted of Civil Rights Violations in Danziger Bridge Case". Justice.gov. 2011-08-05. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  29. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/us/5-ex-officers-sentenced-in-post-katrina-shootings.html?_r=0
  30. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/dougherty-gang-sentenced-_n_2318500.html

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Coordinates: 28°45′46″N 82°00′51″W / 28.76278°N 82.01417°W / 28.76278; -82.01417