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Two Charged For Trying To Provide A Cell Phone To Federal Inmate

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A two-count information was filed charging two people with aiding and abetting each other in an attempt to provide a cell phone to an inmate of a federal correctional facility, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that.

Charged are Anyelina Lespin, age 34, of the Bronx, New York, and Kendy Hernandez, age 29, of the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center.

Count one charges that Lespin, aided and abetted by Hernandez, attempted to provide a prohibited object, to-wit, a cell phone, to an inmate of a federal correctional facility on Jan. 12, 2013.

Count two charges that Hernandez, an inmate of a federal correctional facility, aided and abetted by Lespin, attempted to obtain a prohibited object, to-wit, a cell phone.

The information was filed by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory C. Sassé after investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after a review of factors unique to the case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015