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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Inmate Charged With Possessing Cell Phone In Prison

ERIE, Pa. - An inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of possession of contraband in prison, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Jose I. Aquino, 31, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on or about June 14, 2014, Aquino was in possession of contraband, namely a cell phone.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of one year in prison, a fine of $100,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Officers of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015