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

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Massachusetts Resident Charged With Mailing Drugs To Inmate

The United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that  criminal charges of attempted distribution of controlled substances have been filed against Sharon Magrath of Randolph, Massachusetts.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Magrath, age 51, is charged by the Grand Jury in a two-count felony indictment with attempting to distribute narcotics to inmates at United States Penitentiary Allenwood by mailing envelopes to the inmates with heroin contained therein.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Wayne P. Samuelson is assigned to prosecute the case.

Indictments and Criminal 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 guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statues and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 20 years imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000 for each offense.  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 May 28, 2015