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Shank keeps Danbury inmate behind bars for another year

January 15, 2019

BRIDGEPORT-A year and a day is the cost to a Danbury federal inmate for making a shank.

Chief U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill Jan. 14, 2019 imposed an additional sentence of a year and a day on John Faucher, 41 of New Hampshire. Already Faucher is serving a 46-month term after pleading guilty to two charges stemming from a bank robbery.

The sentence comes as a result of his guilty plea in July to possessing contraband in a federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia King told Underhill that Faucher had fashioned a weapon from a 7 and a half inch metal rod which was bent at one end for a handle and sharpened into a point at the other end. A cord was attached to the middle to serve as a grip handle.

Federal investigators determined that Faucher made the weapon while working in the prison’s facilities department. He told them he intended to trade it for drugs.

Assistant U.S. Public Defender Tracy Hayes told Underhill Faucher has a history of drug and alcohol abuse dating back to his teen years as well as a learning disability as a child.

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