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June 16, 2009

Pittsburgh Resident Arrested on Conspiracy & Escape Charges
Two Named in Federal Indictment

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, resident was arrested this week by law enforcement authorities on charges contained an Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia, on June 2, 2009.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that LEANNA SPIVEY was arrested on charges contained in a three-count Indictment, with co-defendant LONNIE ANTHONY SMITH, also known as “TIMMY.” SMITH, age 22, of Pittsburgh, is in federal custody.

SMITH and SPIVEY were named in Count One of the Indictment charging them with Conspiracy. The Indictment alleges that SMITH was an inmate at the Northern Regional Jail where he was confined by virtue of an arrest and Indictment for a felony. SMITH and SPIVEY conspired with other individuals from March 26, 2009, through March 28, 2009, to assist SMITH in his attempts to escape from the Northern Regional Jail.

SMITH was also charged with attempting to escape from the Northern Regional Jail on March 28, 2009; and SPIVEY was charged with assisting the attempted escape of SMITH on March 28, 2009.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count of the Indictment.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard. The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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