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Prisoner receives extra sentence

March 14, 2001

Prisoner receives extra sentence



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former resident of the South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit who punched a worker there received a state prison sentence for the assault Wednesday.

Antwan Cardall Carver, 18, of Reading, Pa., was sentenced to six to 24 months at the State Correctional Institution.

"You hit a guard while a prisoner, so I sentenced you to state because you are not a guy to put on work release," at the county jail, said Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Walker.

Assistant District Attorney Jill McCraken said her office agreed to reduce the aggravated assault charge to simple assault because the employee's injuries were not severe and he did not object.

The incident happened Dec. 21 after South Mountain employee Dage Gardner told Carver to stop talking in line. While Gardner was talking on his radio, Carver walked up and punched him below the right eye, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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Public Defender Debra Hoff objected to the sentence because Carver has been in county jail for almost three months and will end up serving at least nine months before the state can complete paperwork for his parole.

"He will end up doing an extra three months because it takes six months to do parole at SCI," she said.

Walker told her to take up the issue with the Pennsylvania Parole Board.

Walker also ordered Carver to make restitution to the guard for his medical bills and to complete an anger management program.

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