On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, Michael Selvidge, 38, was sentenced to 110 months for possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances and 41 months for assaulting a corrections officer. Coffee or Die Magazine composite.
A prison drug smuggler who savagely beat and pepper-sprayed a corrections officer gets to stay behind bars for another nine years.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Abingdon, Virginia, Senior US District Judge James P. Jones sentenced Michael Aaron Selvidge to 110 months in prison for smuggling contraband narcotics into US Penitentiary Lee in 2019, plus 41 months for assaulting the correctional officer six months ago at the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem.
The sentences will run concurrently. Selvidge, 38, had faced up to 55 years in a federal penitentiary if he’d received maximum consecutive sentences for all of his recent crimes.
Selvidge inked a pair of plea deals with federal prosecutors in late 2021 and early 2022 that led to authorities tossing one drug distribution charge.
His attorney did not respond to messages seeking comment.
The Western Virginia Regional Jail is located in the Dixie Caverns area of Roanoke County. Western Virginia Regional Jail image.
Since his first conviction as a 12-year-old boy for shoplifting, Selvidge has compiled a long and increasingly violent rap sheet, including a six-year stretch for possession of a firearm by a felon.
He was serving that sentence at US Penitentiary Lee when he got nabbed on Aug. 31, 2019, taking delivery of Buprenorphine strips from a visitor. That triggered Selvidge’s drug charges.
On Jan. 16, 2022, Selvidge was awaiting trial for the narcotics case at Western Virginia Regional Jail. Corrections Officer Curtis Canzone was making his rounds, saw Selvidge, and then ordered him to return to his cell.
But the inmate threatened the guard and then began pummeling him with his fists.
Canzone tried to repel Selvidge with his canister of pepper spray but dropped it on the floor. Selvidge pounced on it and emptied the container on the corrections officer’s face and body.
Then he hurled the spent canister at the guard.
Carl Prine is a former senior editor at Coffee or Die Magazine. He has worked at Navy Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He served in the Marine Corps and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. His awards include the Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military, a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
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