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Inmate Charged With Possessing A Prohibited Object

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 Jose Martinez, age 54, an inmate at Federal Correctional Institute-Schuylkill (FCI Schuylkill), Minersville, Pennsylvania, was charged on August 4, 2021, by criminal information for unlawfully possessing a prohibited object.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Bandler, the information alleges that on July 18, 2021, Martinez was found to be in possession of prohibited objects including a Samsung cellphone, charging cable, charging adapter, and a pair of Sony earbuds.

The matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorney James Buchanan is prosecuting the case.

Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is one year imprisonment.    Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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Updated August 5, 2021