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Inmates 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 three inmates at Federal Correctional Institute – Schuylkill (FCI Schuylkill), Minersville, Pennsylvania, were charged separately by criminal information with unlawfully possessing a prohibited object. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Matthew Davis, age 42, was charged by criminal information with possessing a Samsung cellphone on September 4, 2021; 

Keon White, age 32, was charged by criminal information with possessing an LG cellphone on October 27, 2021; and Antwain Hill, age 43, was charged by criminal information with possessing a Samsung cellphone on November 4, 2021.

Under federal law, it is illegal for inmates to possess cellular phones due to the security related issues that their use by inmates presents to the institution.  

The matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Assistant United States Attorney Sean A. Camoni 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 of 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 December 2, 2021