Prison shank adds time to sentence
A federal prison inmate in McDowell County who admitted to possessing an improvised weapon will have time added to his sentence.
Bryan Kent, 43, pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegal possession of a weapon before U.S. Senior Judge David Faber, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Kent, who is serving a 16-year sentence at Federal Corrections Institution McDowell in Welch, told authorities he had a homemade knife, commonly known as a shank, on Sept. 1, 2012.
He said the cylindrical weapon contained a sharpened piece of metal at one end. The inmate explained that he wrapped cloth around the opposite end to form a handle.
Kent told investigators he intended to use the shank as a weapon.
Kent was sent to prison in 2006 to serve 20 years after he was found guilty of selling narcotics. His sentence was reduced in 2009 to 16 1/2 years according to court records.
He could face up to an additional five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney John File handled prosecution.