United States Penitentiary, Coleman

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United States Penitentiary, Coleman
Location Sumter County, near Wildwood, Florida
Status Operational
Security class High-security
Population 3,000
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons
Warden Tamyra Jarvis(USP Coleman I) Charles Lockett (USP Coleman II)

The United States Penitentiary, Coleman (USP Coleman) is a high-security United States federal prison for male inmates in Florida. It is part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FCC Coleman is located in central Florida, approximately 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa, and 35 miles south of Ocala.[1]


United States Penitentiary Coleman includes four facilities:[2]

USP Coleman I High security U.S. penitentiary male offenders
USP Coleman II High security U.S. penitentiary male offenders
FCI Coleman Medium Medium security federal correctional institution with
an adjacent minimum security satellite camp
male and female offenders
FCI Coleman Low Low security federal correctional institution male offenders
USP: United States Peniteniary   FCI: Federal Correctional Institution

Correction Officer Michael Rudkin[edit]

In late 2008, Michael Rudkin was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having sex with a female inmate and plotting with her to kill his wife while she was a correction officer at the Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury, a federal prison for women in Connecticut.[3] Rudkin was sent to FCC Coleman to serve his sentence. While at Coleman, Rudkin solicited the help of fellow inmates in June 2009 to find a hitman to kill his ex-wife, her new boyfriend, his former inmate paramour and a federal investigator. He provided a handwritten note giving physical descriptions and locations of the intended victims to fellow inmates. The inmates alerted authorities, who instructed the inmates to provide Rudkin with a false name and address of a "hitman." Rudkin subsequently mailed money from his inmate account to the alleged "hitman" as an advance. Rudkin was subsequently convicted of orchestrating the plot and sentenced to 90 years in prison, which he is serving at the United States Penitentiary, Florence ADX, the federal supermax facility in Colorado.[4][5]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

†The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 eliminated parole for federal inmates. However, inmates sentenced for offenses committed prior to 1987 are eligible for parole consideration.[6]

Financial crimes[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Allen Stanford 35017-183 Serving a life sentence under his actual name, Robert Allen Stanford. Owner of the now-defunct Stanford Financial Group; convicted in 2012 of fraud, money laundering and other charges for masterminding a Ponzi scheme which defrauded thousands of investors of over $7 billion; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[7]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Amine El Khalifi 79748-083 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2038. Al-Qaeda supporter; pleaded guilty in June 2012 to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction for plotting to conduct a suicide bombing at the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC in February 2012.[8][9]
Gabul Ali

Shani Abrar



Serving life sentences. Somalis convicted of piracy; Ali for the 2010 attack on the American warship USS Nicholas; Abrar for the 2011 hijacking of the civilian yacht Quest; the convictions marked the first time in 190 years that an American jury has convicted defendants of piracy.[10][11][12]

Organized crime figures[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Whitey Bulger 02182-748 Serving a life sentence under his real name, James J. Bulger.[13] Entered September 2014.[14] Former leader of the Winter Hill Gang in Massachusetts and FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive; apprehended in 2011 after 16 years on the lam; convicted in 2013 of ordering 11 murders, as well as extortion, money laundering and drug trafficking.[15][16]
Benjamin Arellano Felix 00678-748 Serving a 25-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2033. Former leader of the Tijuana Cartel in Mexico, which imported thousands of tons of cocaine into the United States and killed over 1,000 civilians and law enforcement officers over a 16-year period.[17]
Juan Bernabe-Ramirez 90922-012 Serving a life sentence; eligible for release in 2026.† Drug cartel figure convicted in connection with the 1985 kidnapping and murder of US Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena.[18][19][20][21]
Stephen Caracappa 04597-748 Serving a life sentence. Former NYPD detective; convicted in 2006 of taking bribes to carry out murders and leak law enforcement intelligence disclosing the identities of witnesses for the Gambino Crime Family; his partner, Louis Eppolito, was also sentenced to life.[22]
Clayton Roueche 36994-177 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2034. Leader of the United Nations gang, a violent Canadian-based criminal organization; pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering in 2009.[23][24]

Street gang leaders[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Clarence Heatley 39015-054 Serving a life sentence. Leader of the Preacher Crew, a violent gang which sold crack-cocaine in the Bronx and Harlem in New York City; pleaded guilty to racketeering and murder conspiracy in connection with 13 drug-related homicides.[25][26]
Ronnie Thomas 43322-037 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2025. Leader of the Tree Top Pirus, a subset of the Bloods street gang in Maryland, and producer of the Stop Snitchin' video series; convicted in 2010 of racketeering for participating in murder conspiracy, drug trafficking and robbery.[27][28]

Law enforcement murders[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Leonard Peltier 89637-132 Serving two life sentences plus seven years for an armed escaped from USP Lompoc; eligible for release in 2040.† Member of the American Indian Movement, a Native American activist group; convicted in 1977 of murdering FBI Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams during a shootout at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.[29]
Emilio Gonzales-Arenazas 25075-298 Serving a 40-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2045. Pleaded guilty to murdering a federal official in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting of US Customs and Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas, Jr. on July 23, 2009; two other perpetrators are awaiting sentencing.[30][31][32][33]
Melvin Guyon 30427-060 Serving a life sentence. Former FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive; convicted of the 1979 murder of FBI Agent Johnnie Oliver, who was attempting to apprehend Guyon with other agents; Guyon was wanted for kidnapping, rape and armed robbery.[34]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Lanier, RandyRandy Lanier 04961-069 Released. Racecar driver, 1984 IMSA Camel GT champion and 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year; convicted in 1988 of directing a drug operation that brought more than 600,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Colombia between 1982 and 1986.[35][36]
Robert Gisevius 31551-034 Serving a 40-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2045. Former New Orleans police officer; convicted of civil rights violations in 2011 in connection with the 2005 Danziger Bridge shootings, during which police opened fire on a group of unarmed civilians, killing two; several other officers were also sentenced to prison.[37][38]
Anthony Curcio 38974-086 Released in April 2013; served a 6-year sentence. Former college football player and real estate investor, convicted in 2009 for masterminding one of the most elaborate armored car heists in history.[39][40]
Antonio Murray 41872-037 Serving a life sentence. Former Baltimore Police detective, involved in the worst scandal in the department's history; convicted in 2006 of stealing heroin, cocaine and cash from Baltimore drug dealers with his partner, William King, who is also serving a life sentence.[41]

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Coordinates: 28°45′46″N 82°00′51″W / 28.76278°N 82.01417°W / 28.76278; -82.01417