BLUEFIELD, West Virginia — A federal inmate in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon.
Prosecutors said Thursday that 34-year-old Rico Joy entered the plea in federal court in Bluefield.
Joy admitted to having a shank, or homemade knife, in April at the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell near Welch.
Joy is serving a 20-year sentence stemming from a 2007 conviction in South Carolina for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He faces up to five additional years in prison. Sentencing is set for Aug. 15.