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Gang Member Sentenced for Assault on a Federal Correctional Officer

ATLANTA – Cody Todd has been sentenced for assault on a Bureau of Prisons correctional officer at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia (USP-Atlanta).

“This defendant’s pattern of violent behavior continued while he was in custody, resulting in a vicious attack that left a correctional officer seriously injured,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Correctional officers must be permitted to do their jobs without the threat or fear of violence, and those who bring them harm will be prosecuted.”

          “The FBI has zero tolerance for anyone who uses violence against law enforcement officers,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “We will always hold criminals accountable for their actions and will not hesitate to pursue those who repeatedly violate the law, even behind bars.”

          “Todd’s sentencing sends a clear message that those who threaten or harm our correctional officers will be held accountable,” said Randilee Giamusso, Spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. “The safety of our corrections employees and security of our facilities will always be the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ top priority in our mission to ensure public safety.”

          According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges and other information presented in court: On January 28, 2021, Cody Todd assaulted a correctional officer while he was in custody as a pretrial detainee at USP-Atlanta. Todd hit the officer in the face, knocked him to the floor, and then struck the officer several more times while the officer was incapacitated. This assault left the officer with significant injuries.

          At the time of the assault, Todd was being detained on charges of racketeering activity in connection with his crimes committed as a member of the Ghost Face Gangsters. The racketeering activity included, among other offenses, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery.

          Todd was separately convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering and sentenced to 16 years in prison. Todd had also previously been convicted of battery on four separate occasions.

          Cody Ryan Todd, 34, of Carrollton, Georgia, was sentenced by U. S. District Judge Victoria M. Calvert to six years and five months in prison, two years and 11 months of which will be served concurrently with the sentence on his racketeering conviction. Todd was found guilty by a jury on February 1, 2024.

          This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Prisons.

          Assistant U. S. Attorneys Richard Beaulieu and Alison Prout prosecuted the case.


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