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Inmate Pleads Guilty to Escaping from Federal Camp at Alderson

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cheryl McGrath, 51, pled guilty to escaping from the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Stuart commended the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Marshals Service and the West Virginia State Police.

“As the saying goes, if you do the crime, you have got to do the time,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Escaping will only land you back in prison with an even longer sentence.”

McGrath admitted that on July 26, 2018, she was an inmate at that prison, when she left without authorization.  She was captured the next day, several miles from the prison.

McGrath faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced on  March 6, 2019.       Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution.  United States District Court Judge Irene Berger presided over the hearing.


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Updated November 20, 2018