Prisoner who escaped from USP Lee Prison Camp sentenced

A prisoner who was already serving time at USP Lee Prison Camp but escaped custody in 2008 was sentenced Tuesday to additional federal prison time for that crime.

Edward Porta, 61, pleaded guilty in June 2016 to one count of escape from custody of an institution or officer (USP Lee County Prison Camp). Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Porta was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to be served consecutively to the remainder of his previous sentence, to be followed by two years of supervised release.

"Mr. Porta has shown a complete disregard for law and order and has been justly punished for his actions,” U.S. Attorney Fishwick said today.

According to evidence presented at previous hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer R. Bockhorst, Porta was a prisoner at USP Lee County Prison Camp when he escaped in 2008. He remained a fugitive until earlier this year when he was apprehended in Washington State.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer R. Bockhorst prosecuted the case for the United States.

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