Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Low

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Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Low
Location Granville County, North Carolina
Status Operational
Security class Low-security
Population 1,325
Managed by Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Butner Low (FCI Butner Low) is a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates in North Carolina. Part of the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, it is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FCI Butner Low is located near the Research Triangle area of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill.[1]

Notable incidents[edit]

On November 16, 2011, James Lukinoff, an inmate at FCI Butner, was indicted for planning to assault and kill an FBI Agent involved in investigating the crime for which he was sent to prison. The indictment alleged that from February 2009 to April 2011, Lukinoff developed and pursued a plan to purchase a silencer and have a friend or family member store it until his release from prison. Once released, Lukinoff planned to retrieve the silencer and his firearm and kill the agent. Lukinoff pleaded guilty to retaliating against a federal official by threat on June 20, 2012 and is awaiting sentencing.[2]

Notable Inmates (current and former)[edit]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Jon Burge 50504-018 Serving a 54-month sentence; scheduled for release in 2015. Former Chicago Police Department commander; convicted in 2010 of obstruction of justice and perjury for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991, eliciting dozens of false confessions.[3][4]
Abdel Nur 64655-053 Serving a 15-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2020. Al-Qaeda supporter; convicted in 2010 of providing material support for terrorism for his role in a foiled plot to bomb John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York in 2007; three co-conspirators were also sentenced to prison.[5][6]
Eric Rosser 07006-028 Serving a 16-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2017. Former keyboardist for musician John Mellencamp; convicted in 2003 of child pornography charges for filming and trading explicit videos of underage girls; was one of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives prior to his capture in 2001.[7]
Samuel Israel 84430-054 Serving a 22-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2027. Founder of the now defunct Bayou Hedge Fund Group; pleaded guilty in 2008 to defrauding investors of $400 million; attempted to fake his own suicide to avoid reporting to prison; the story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[8][9]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
John Connolly

Rich Schneiderhan



Connolly was transferred to state prison in 2011 after serving 10 years; Schneiderhan was released from custody in 2006 after serving 3 years. Former FBI Agent and Massachusetts State Police lieutenant; convicted in 2002 and 2003 of racketeering conspiracy for aiding Mafia figure Whitey Bulger; Connolly is currently serving a 40-year sentence in a Massachusetts state prison for the murder of a witness.[10]
Conrad Black 18330-424 Released from custody on May 4, 2012 after serving 42 months. Former Chief Operating Officer of Hollinger International, a newspaper publishing company now known as Sun-Times Media Group; convicted in 2007 of mail fraud for illegally diverting millions of dollars in company money.[11]
John Walker 22449-037 Serving a 30-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2015. Died in custody on August 28, 2014. Former Chief Warrant Officer for the US Navy; pleaded guilty to espionage in 1986 for selling classified documents to the Soviet Union. Co-conspirator Jerry Whitworth is also serving a life sentence.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Butner Low". Bop.gov. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.fbi.gov/charlotte/press-releases/2012/prison-inmate-pleads-guilty-to-retaliatory-threats-against-a-federal-officer
  3. ^ Walberg, Matthew; Lee, William (June 28, 2010). "Burge found guilty - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ Haggerty, Ryan (January 22, 2011). "Burge sentence leaves torn emotions - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Herring, Chris (2010-08-03). "Jury Reaches Guilty Verdict in JFK Bomb Plot Case - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  6. ^ Marzulli, John (2010-12-16). "Abdul Kadir sentenced to life term for role in conspiracy to blow up fuel tanks at JFK airport - New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Child pornographer gets 16-year term - Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. October 27, 2003. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Authorities: Samuel Israel definitely faked death | 7online.com". Abclocal.go.com. June 12, 2008. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ Bhattarai, Abha (July 4, 2008). "Fund Manager Turned Fugitive Is Sent to Prison". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Phillips, Rich. Rogue FBI agent sentenced to 40 years in mob hit. CNN, 2009-01-15.
  11. ^ "Conrad Black sentenced to 78 months in jail - Business - CBC News". CBC News. December 10, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ Morain, Dan (1988-12-10). "Whitworth Given 365-Year Sentence : Castigated by Judge, Spy Also Is Fined $410,000; Penalty Harshest Since '53 - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-08-27.