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Mother And Son Charged With Providing And Possessing Marijuana In Prison

May 11, 2010

ERIE, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 11, 2010, that Randy Michaels, an inmate of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Lisa Michaels, a resident of Campbell, Ohio, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of possessing and providing contraband in a federal prison.

The two-count indictment named Randy Michaels, age 21, and Lisa Michaels, age 41, as defendants.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on December 20, 2009, Lisa Michaels provided a quantity of marijuana to Randy Michaels, an inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian A. Trabold, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both for each defendant. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.  The sentence Mr. Michaels receives must be consecutive to that which he is presently serving.

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

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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