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U.S. inmate in state gets 8 years for assaults

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A federal inmate serving time at the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley has been sentenced to eight years in prison for separate assaults on guards.

The U.S. attorney's office says 36-year-old Sylvester Cuevas was sentenced Thursday after previously admitting to both felony assaults. One occurred at the federal facility, while the other involved a correctional officer at the Southern Regional Jail in Raleigh County. Both assaults occurred in 2010.

In both instances, the guards suffered facial injuries.

Cuevas was serving a sentence in Beckley for mailing threatening communications.



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