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Clarksburg Jury Convicts Federal Inmate on Obstruction, Assault Charges

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A federal inmate was convicted on Tuesday by a Clarksburg jury on obstruction and assault charges, according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney Northern District of West Virginia.

Tarvis Leviticus Dunham, 42, a former inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Hazelton, W.Va., was convicted on one count of obstructing justice by retaliating against a witness, and five counts of assaulting, resisting and impeding certain officers or employees of the bureau of prisons, officials said.

Trial evidence indicated that Dunham attempted to retaliate against a case manager on June 14, 2011, for producing a record and document during disciplinary proceedings conducted by the Bureau of Prisons, relating to an incident that happened on November 8, 2010, according to the news release.

Officials said Dunham forcibly assaulted the case manager, and when other correctional officers attempted to restrain Dunham, he forcibly assaulted them by kicking and biting them. Dunham also refused to comply with their orders before they were able to restrain and handcuff him.

Dunham was then transferred to another U.S. Penitentiary. Officials said a week after the incident, the staff at USP Lee recorded a telephone call between Dunham and his mother where Dunham told his mother that he "about near killed that woman".

Dunham is in custody where he is currently serving 318-month sentence and faces up to 89 years in prison and a $1.35 million fine for the obstruction and assault charges, according to the news release.