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Jury convicts FCI-Greenville inmate of possessing a weapon in prison

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A man who was serving a prison sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Greenville was found guilty by a jury of possessing a weapon.

The U.S. attorney reports 22-year-old Tavian Steward was convicted Tuesday on one count of possession of contraband in prison.

According to court documents and evidence presented during the trial, a correctional officer at FCI-Greenville received a tip Steward was in possession of a homemade weapon in October 2022. Following a pat-down search, correctional officers located a handmade weapon in the pocket of Steward’s jacket.

The weapon was a piece of metal sharpened to a point with brown fabric wrapped around the base as a handle. The weapon was over five inches in length.

Possession of contraband in prison is punishable by up to five additional years in prison, which must be served consecutively to an inmate’s initial sentence. Steward’s sentencing is scheduled for July 25.

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