Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone

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Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone
LocationSandstone, Pine County, Minnesota
Security classLow-security
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone (FCI Sandstone) is a low-security United States federal prison for male offenders in Sandstone, Minnesota. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BoP), a division of the United States Department of Justice.

FCI Sandstone is located approximately 100 miles northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 70 miles southwest of Duluth.[1]

Notable Inmates (current and former)[edit]

†Inmates who were released from custody prior to 1982 are not listed on the Bureau of Prisons website.

Celebrities and sports figures[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Tim Allen 04276-040 Released from custody in 1981 after serving 28 months under his birth name, Timothy A. Dick. Comedian and television actor; pleaded guilty in 1979 to drug trafficking after being found in possession of 1.4 pounds of cocaine at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport in Michigan[2][3]
Mike Danton 10096-111 Transferred to Kingston Penitentiary in Canada in 2009 after serving 4 years; later released that year. Former National Hockey League player and Canadian citizen; convicted in 2004 of conspiracy to commit murder for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his agent, David Frost.[4][5]
Con Errico 13274-053 Released from custody in 1985 after serving 4 years. Former horse jockey; convicted in 1980 of racketeering for fixing races and contempt of court for refusing to provide grand jury testimony.[6][7]

Political prisoners[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
James Cannon

Farrell Dobbs

Unlisted† Released from custody in 1945 after serving 18 months. National Secretary and Labor Secretary of the Socialist Workers Party, convicted under the Smith Act in Minneapolis in 1941.
Vincent R. Dunne Released from custody in 1945 after serving 16 months. Socialist Workers Party member and leader in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 544, convicted under the Smith Act in Minneapolis in 1941.
Igal Roodenko Unlisted† Released from custody in 1947 after serving 20 months. American pacifist, conscientious objector, and member of the War Resisters League during World War II. Imprisoned for refusing to serve in the military or perform mandatory Civilian Public Service in lieu of military service.[8]


Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Xengxai Yang 16979-089 Serving a 14 year sentence. Scheduled for release in 2031. Bank Robber sentenced for his role in a robbery of a credit union, apparently armed with a short-barreled rifle. Yang was convicted of armed bank robbery, brandishing a short-barreled rifle during a crime of violence, and possession of a short-barreled rifle.[9]
Cecil Price Unlisted† Sentenced to six years by Supreme Court case United States v. Price; served four-and-one-half years before being released in 1974. Deputy sheriff of Neshoba County, Mississippi and member of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; convicted of civil rights violations in the murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner in 1964.[10]
David Brankle 07411-028 Serving a 21-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2022. Serial bank robber; pleaded guilty in 2004 to robbing 43 banks in six states in 2002 and 2003, stealing over $175,000; Brankle's story was featured on the CNBC television program American Greed.[11]
Marc Dreier 70595-054 Serving a 20-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2026. Disbarred attorney; pleaded guilty in 2009 to securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering for bilking hedge funds and investors of over $700 million. Dreier's story was featured on the CNBC television show American Greed.[12][13]
Rigoberto Yanez-Guerrero 71652-279 Serving a 16-year sentence; scheduled for release in 2024. Chief operator of the Arellano-Felix drug cartel in Mexico City between 1995 and 2001; directed the shipment of 5 to 10 tons of cocaine from Colombia to Mexico en route to the United States.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BOP: FCI Sandstone". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2011-05-02.
  2. ^ "Tim Allen – Celebrity Mug Shot of Tim Allen". Crime.about.com. 1997-05-24. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  3. ^ "Tim Allen Pictures". CBS News. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  4. ^ "SI.com – NHL – Danton sentenced to 7 years for murder-for-hire plot – Monday November 8, 2004 7:41PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  5. ^ Brother J-Dub (2009-04-01). "OSG Sports: Mike Danton Eligible For Parole". Onlinesportsguys.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  6. ^ "Errico, Ex-Jockey, Denied New Trial". NYTimes.com. 1982-07-10. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  7. ^ Richman, Milton (February 27, 1985). "Being in prison almost killed ex-jockey Errico". Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  8. ^ Bennett, Scott H. (July 2003). "'Free American Political Prisoners': Pacifist Activism and Civil Liberties, 1945–48". Journal of Peace Research. 40 (4): 413–433. doi:10.1177/00223433030404004. JSTOR 3648291. S2CID 145734494.
  9. ^ "Man who robbed Appleton credit union in 2019 because he 'decided to try something new today' sentenced to 14 years in prison". November 20, 2021. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
  10. ^ Linder, Douglas O. "The Mississippi Burning Trial (U. S. vs. Price et al.)". Famous Trials. University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  11. ^ "Man who robbed 43 banks gets 21 years". Usatoday.Com. 2004-09-22. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  12. ^ Weiser, Benjamin (2009-07-13). "Marc S. Dreier Sentenced to 20 Years for Fraud Scheme". NYTimes.com. Manhattan (NYC). Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  13. ^ "American Greed – Hedge Fund Imposter". CNBC. 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  14. ^ "Drug trafficker sentenced to 16 years in San Diego". Fox News. Retrieved 2012-07-25.

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Coordinates: 46°06′31″N 92°51′13″W / 46.10861°N 92.85361°W / 46.10861; -92.85361