Federal inmate sentenced for assault at Berlin prison

CONCORD — Ruben Garcia, 32, an inmate at Federal Correctional Institution in Berlin, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to assaulting another inmate with a homemade weapon.

Garcia’s sentence will be consecutive to the current 151 month sentence he is serving for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.

Documents filed with the court and statements made at the today’s hearing established that on Sept. 8, 2016, prison staff members observed Garcia assaulting another inmate by striking him repeatedly with a weapon made out of a lock in an athletic sock. The attack was captured by the prison’s video security system.

Garcia pleaded guilty to the assault charge on Dec. 23, 2016.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons staff at FCI-Berlin. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Don Feith.