For The Register-Herald
Federal Correctional Institution Beckley inmate Randy Fay Prentice was sentenced Wednesday to a year in federal prison for escaping a satellite prison camp.
Prentice, 47, pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury in October 2012.
According to court records, Prentice knowingly escaped the satellite prison camp at FCI Beckley on Sept. 19, 2012. A short time later, Prentice was apprehended by prison officials.
The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger, who ordered the sentence to run consecutive to the defendant’s current prison term. Prentice was previously sentenced in September 2011 in the United States District Court in North Carolina to 81 months in federal prison.
A number of Federal Bureau of Prison institutions have small, minimum-security camps that are in close proximity to the main facility. These camps, often referred to as Satellite Prison Camps, provide inmate labor to the main institution and to off-site work programs.
The U.S. Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons conducted the investigation. West Virginia State Police and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department assisted.