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Famous Prisoners at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion

List Criteria: Notable inmates at the Marion federal prison

List of Famous Prisoners at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion ranked by fame and noteriety. The United States Penitentiary in Marion or USP Marion is a medium security prison for male inmates. USP Marion was originally constructed to replace Alcatraz and was home to some very dangerous inmates. After several escape attempts and the murders of two correctional officers, USP Marion went on permanent lockdown, keeping most inmates in their cells for the bulk of the day. USP Marion was downgraded to a medium security prison in 2006.

Who is the most famous prisoner at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion? Controversial baseball star Pete Rose tops our list. Rose spent five months at USP Marion after pleading guilty to two charges of filing false income tax returns in 1990. Rose also had to pay $366,041 in back taxes and complete 1,000 hours of community service for his crimes.

Gambino crime boss John Gotti also spent time at USP Marion. Gotti was sent to the federal penitentiary after being found guilty of five counts of murder, loansharking, illegal gambling, obstruction of justice, bribery and tax evasion. Gotti spent most of his time at USP Marion in solitary confinement. He was sent to United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield after being diagnosed with throat cancer.

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    John Joseph Gotti, Jr. was an American mobster who became the boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti and his brothers grew up in poverty and turned to a life of crime at an early age. Operating out of the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, Gotti quickly rose to prominence, becoming one ... more on Wikipedia
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    Peter Edward "Pete" Rose, also known by his nickname "Charlie Hustle", is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. Rose played from 1963 to 1986, and managed from 1984 to 1989. Rose, a switch hitter, is the all-time Major League leader in hits, games played, at-bats, singles, and outs. He won ... more on Wikipedia
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    El Sayyid Nosair is an Egyptian-born American citizen, convicted of involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He was also tried for, but acquitted of, the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane a Jewish religious figure and right-wing Israeli politician on November 5, 1990. In 1994, Nosair was ... more on Wikipedia
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    William Daddano, Sr., also known as "William Russo" and "Willie Potatoes," was a top enforcer and loan shark for the Chicago Outfit and a participant in some high-profile robberies. more on Wikipedia
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    Walter Bond is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'5" shooting guard from the University of Minnesota, Bond was not drafted by an NBA team but did manage to play in 3 NBA seasons. He played for the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons. He was also signed by the Minnesota ... more on Wikipedia
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    Viktor Bout appeared in the 2014 documentary film The Notorious Mr. Bout. more on Wikipedia
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    Alexander Cooper was an English Baroque miniature painter. more on Wikipedia
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    Michael C. Finton, also known as Talib Islam, is an American convert to Islam and a part-time cook who attempted to bomb the Paul Findley Federal Building and the adjacent offices of Congressman Aaron Schock in downtown Springfield, Illinois, on 24 September 2009. He pleaded guilty in federal court on 9 ... more on Wikipedia
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    Omar Mohammed Ali Rezaq is the only surviving hijacker of EgyptAir Flight 648. He was a member of Abu Nidal. The plane was hijacked by a group of three people. The remaining two hijackers were killed, either during in-flight shooting with the plane's sky-marshal, Methad Mustafa Kamal, or after Egyptian ... more on Wikipedia
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    Zachary Adam Chesser is an American Muslim convert convicted as an Islamist terrorist in 2010 for aiding Al-Shabaab, which is aligned with al-Qaeda and has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. After pleading guilty, Chesser was sentenced in federal court on February 24, 2011 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America
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    Mohammed Saleh is a retired Major General and the current Senator for Kaduna Central, in Kaduna State, Nigeria, elected in the 9 April 2011 national elections on the Congress for Progressive Change ticket. more on Wikipedia
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    Garrett Brock Trapnell was a con man, bank robber, and aircraft hijacker of the 1960s and early 1970s. Trapnell robbed a string of banks in Canada, frequently posed as an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency, masterminded a $100,000 jewelry store heist in Freeport, Bahamas, and simultaneously ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States of America
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    Ghassan Elashi was a founder of the charitable group Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and the Texas branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and a vice president of the Richardson, Texas, internet company InfoCom Corporation. In a second trial that concluded in November, 2008, ... more on Wikipedia
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    Francis August Schaeffer Cox, known as Schaeffer Cox, is an American political activist, convicted felon, and founder of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia. more on Wikipedia
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    Kirksey McCord Nix, Jr. is reputedly the former leader of the Dixie Mafia. He was a suspect in the assassination attempt on Sheriff Buford Pusser and in the death of Buford's wife on August 12, 1967. In 1972, Nix was convicted of murdering Frank Corso, a New Orleans grocery executive, in a break-in at ... more on Wikipedia
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    Rezwan Ferdaus is a United States citizen of Bangladeshi descent who is serving a federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to terrorism charges in 2012. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States of America
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