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 (80 km) northwest of Orlando, 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Tampa, and 35 miles (56 km) south of Ocala.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5]

Financial crimes[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Allen Stanford 35017-183 Serving 110 years 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.[6]


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.[7][8]
Gabul Ali 75677-083 Serving a life sentence. Somali convicted of piracy for the 2010 attack on the American warship USS Nicholas; the conviction marked the first time in 190 years that an American jury has convicted a defendant of piracy.[9][10][11]

Organized crime figures[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Whitey Bulger 02182-748 Serving 2 life sentences plus 5 years under his real name, James J. Bulger.[12] 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.[13][14]
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.[15]
Juan Bernabe-Ramirez 90922-012 Serving a sentence of life plus 10 years; 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.[16][17][18][19]
Stephen Caracappa 04597-748 Serving a sentence of life plus 80 years. 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 sentenced to life plus 100 years.[20]

Street gang leaders[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Ronnie Thomas 43322-037 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2023. 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.[21][22]

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.[23]
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.[24][25][26][27]
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.[28]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Lanier, RandyRandy Lanier 04961-069 Released in 2014; served 26 years.[29] 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.[30][31]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ http://www.justice.gov/usao/ct/Press2009/20090115-4.html
  3. ^ http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/press/2009/2009_10_30.pdf
  4. ^ Stephen Hudak (2010-07-15). "Former guard gets 90 years in prison for trying to arrange murders behind bars". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  5. ^ "History of The Federal Parole System". US Department of Justice. 
  6. ^ Krauss, Clifford (2012-06-14). "Stanford Sentenced to 110-Year Term in $7 Billion Ponzi Case". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/June/12-nsd-794.html
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  9. ^ "Five Somalis sentenced to life in piracy case - CNN.com". Articles.cnn.com. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
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  13. ^ Deborah Feyerick; Kristina Sgueglia (August 13, 2013). "High life brought low: Jury finds 'Whitey' Bulger guilty in killings, racketeering". CNN. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Seelye, Katharine (August 12, 2013). "Bulger Guilty in Gangland Crimes, Including Murder". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Richard Maros (2012-04-03). "Former drug kingpin Arellano Felix gets 25-year prison term". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  16. ^ Rosenzweig, David (1998-08-20). "Accomplice in Drug Agent's Killing Loses Bid for New Trial". Los Angeles Times. 
  17. ^ http://archive.ca9††††††.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/04485f8dcbd4e1ea882569520074e698/75d7d953c6f1ba0888256e5a00707737?OpenDocument
  18. ^ Weinstein, Henry (1991-05-22). "Figure in Camarena Case Gets Life Term : Cocaine: The former Mexican state police officer was convicted of felonies stemming from the killing and torture of the U.S. drug agent". Los Angeles Times. 
  19. ^ "LOCAL : 2nd Camarena Defendant Found Guilty of Kidnaping, Not Murder". Los Angeles Times. 1990-07-30. 
  20. ^ Feuer, Alan (2009-03-09). "Louis J. Eppolito News - The New York Times". Topics.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  21. ^ Washington, The (2010-01-29). "Baltimore's 'Stop Snitching' star convicted". Washington Times. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
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  23. ^ "AIM occupation of Wounded Knee ends — History.com This Day in History — 5/8/1973". History.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  24. ^ "DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MURDER OF BORDER PATROL AGENT" (PDF). US Department of Justice. April 29, 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  25. ^ Page, Eric (November 21, 2009). "Teen Admits Killing Border Agent". NBC 7 San Diego. 
  26. ^ "Mexican Gunman To Spend 58 Years Behind Bars For 2009 Killing Of Border Patrol Agent". Fox News Latino. November 18, 2013. 
  27. ^ http://www.fbi.gov/sandiego/press-releases/2014/fourth-defendant-sentenced-in-murder-of-u.s.-border-patrol-agent-robert-rosas
  28. ^ "FBI — Johnnie L. Oliver". Fbi.gov. 1979-08-09. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  29. ^ Reiman, Samuel (October 9, 2014). "Randy Lanier released from prison after 26-year sentence". foxsports.com. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  30. ^ "Sports people: Auto Racing; Driver Jailed - New York Times". New York Times. 1988-12-22. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  31. ^ "Driver Randy Lanier Gets Life in Prison". Los Angeles Times. December 22, 1988. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 

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