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Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Bring Narcotic Into Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. ‑ An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

James L. Kelly, IV, 27, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from September to December 2009 Kelly and two co-defendants conspired to arrange for Suboxone, a narcotic controlled substance, to be delivered and introduced into the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto, Pa.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for April 14, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation/Laurel Highlands Resident Agency and the Special Investigative Staff at the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Kelly.

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