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FCI Schuylkill Inmate Sentenced To 10 Days’ Imprisonment For Possessing A Cellphone

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Mario Madrigal, age 29, an inmate at Federal Correctional Institute - Schuylkill (FCI Schuylkill), Minersville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today by United States Magistrate Judge Joseph F. Saporito, Jr., to ten days’ imprisonment for possessing a prohibited object, namely a black Samsung cellphone.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Madrigal knowingly possessed a Samsung cellphone on or about September 4, 2021, within the FCI-Schuylkill facility. Federal law prohibits inmates from possessing cellphones due to the institutional security risks posed by their use.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Saporito also ordered that his sentence be served after completion of the 24-month sentence Madrigal is currently serving for violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorney James M. Buchanan prosecuted the case. 

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Updated February 15, 2022