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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Charge Filed Against Federal Prison Inmate

Shamarr Joel Pitts, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment with one count of possession of contraband in prison, on or about November 14, 2013, in the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The indictment charges that Pitts possessed a sharp metal object with a handle made of cloth wrapped with a shoelace that was an object designed or intended to be used as a weapon.

If convicted of all counts, Pitts faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

This case has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. Zaleski.

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An  Indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 15, 2014