- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Five federal inmates in West Virginia have admitted to possessing weapons.

The inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Welch each pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a weapon by an inmate.

Federal prosecutors say the shanks, or homemade knives, were observed or discovered during searches by staff members from March until June.

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The inmates each face up to an additional five years in prison. They’re scheduled for sentencing in January.

The inmates are 29-year-old Scott Finnell, 32-year-old Misael Santana-Rivera, 40-year-old Antonio R. Azpeitia, 42-year-old Ernest Shields and 30-year-old Diego Ninos.

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