Authorities move Budd to federal prison in N.C.



The lawyers want their client to be moved closer to home.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Michael Budd, the ex-Mahoning County Sheriff's Department major convicted of inmate abuse, has been moved to the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, N.C.
Carla Wilson, federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman in Washington, D.C., said Budd arrived at Butner at 12:46 p.m. Tuesday. She said he is being housed in the low-security section of the prison. She said his job assignment would not be made public.
Budd, 44, of Boardman had been at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Ga., a high-security facility. The prison served as a holding center and was not his final destination, Wilson said.
One of Budd's lawyers, Martin Yavorcik, said recently that he and his colleague, Sebastian Rucci, were prepared to challenge Budd's being assigned to a high-security prison. Yavorcik said his client is not a flight risk and most inmates sent to a penitentiary are those sentenced to 10 or more years.
Closer to home
Yavorcik and Rucci are appealing Budd's conviction. Yavorcik said they are trying to get Budd moved to a federal prison closer to home, such as Elkton in Columbiana County, so that he can assist in his appeal.
"We are not giving up on him," Yavorcik said.
With good time, Budd's projected release is Aug. 4, 2012.
On July 22, Budd was sentenced to 97 months in prison for violating the civil rights of three jail inmates and obstructing justice, and was remanded to custody that day in a Cleveland-area jail. He was then incarcerated at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., before being moved to Atlanta.

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