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Rochester man sentenced for escaping from federal custody


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Abdul Rasheed, 36, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted after a jury trial of escaping from federal custody, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that on March 27, 2016, the defendant, following a federal felony conviction in the Western District of New York, was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Rasheed served his prison sentence at United States Penitentiary Lee, located in Jonesville, Virginia. Near the end of his prison term, the defendant was offered the opportunity to complete the incarceration portion of his sentence at the Volunteers of America Residential Reentry Center, commonly referred to as a “halfway house,” located at 175 Ward Street in Rochester. After being released from USP Lee, Rasheed absconded and never appeared at the Volunteers of America. The defendant remained at large until he was arrested on October 29, 2016, in Pittsburgh, PA.
Following his escape but prior to his apprehension, Rasheed shot two individuals, killing one, during an attempted robbery. The defendant pleaded guilty to homicide in Allegheny County, PA, and was sentenced to serve 23 to 46 years in Pennsylvania State Prison. Rasheed will serve his federal sentence following the conclusion of his state sentenced in Pennsylvania.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the United States Marshals Service in Rochester, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina, and the United States Bureau of Prisons, USP Lee. 

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