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Five Indicted for Possessing Cell Phones in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

WILMINGTON – John Stuart Bruce, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Wilmington has returned indictments in five unrelated cases charging JAMES BOSTIC, age 45, MAURICE KNIGHT, age 38, MICHAEL MARSHALL, age 40, KAVIN DATRON WILLIAMS, age 35, and JURHON LEE ROBINSON, age 44, with possession of a prohibited cell phone in federal prison. All are currently serving federal sentences for previous convictions at Butner Correctional Institute in Butner, North Carolina.


If convicted each would face not more than one year imprisonment, not more than $100,000 fine and not more than one year supervised release following any term of imprisonment.


U.S. Attorney Bruce commented, “The possession of cell phones by prisoners is a threat to public safety, endangering correctional officers as well as the general public. Any such cases will be prosecuted vigorously.”


The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


The cases are being investigated by the Bureau of Prisons and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Updated March 31, 2017