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 Hakim Malik Ali, 50, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, on October 19, 2010, Ali was in possession of a cell phone.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of six months in prison, a fine of $5,000, 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. The sentence Mr. Ali receives must be consecutive to that which he is presently serving.
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 or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.