Inmate sentenced on charges for drug trafficking, assaulting corrections officer
ABINGDON, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An inmate in a facility in Virginia will spend more time in prison for trafficking drugs and assaulting an officer.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, 38-year-old Michael Selvidge assaulted and pepper-sprayed a corrections officer at the Western Virginia Regional Jail while awaiting sentencing on drug charges.
Selvidge was sentenced this week to about 9.2 years for possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances and almost three and a half years for assaulting a federal employee.
Court records show that in 2019, he received contraband from a person in the visitation room at U.S. Penitentiary Lee.
Selvidge got 48 Suboxone stripes, which he had intended to distribute within the prison. He pleaded guilty to three counts of possession and distribution of controlled substances.
Court records also show that while that case was pending, Selvidge was being housed at the regional jail.
On Jan. 16, 2022, a corrections officer conducting a security check encountered Selvidge and told him to return to his cell.
Selvidge became upset, threatened the officer and then attacked him, hitting him numerous times.
During the fight, the officer tried to use his pepper spray but dropped the canister, which Selvidge then picked up the canister and emptied onto the officer’s face and body before throwing the canister at the officer.