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Federal Detainee at Allegheny County Jail Charged with Illegally Possessing a Cell Phone

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – An inmate at Allegheny County Jail, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of possessing contraband while in prison, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Dana Lamont Henderson, age 39, a federal pretrial detainee at the Allegheny County Jail, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, Henderson was charged with possessing a cell phone while in custody, a prohibited object for inmates.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than one year in prison, a fine not to exceed $100,000.00, a term of supervised release of not more than 1 year, or a combination thereof. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin J. Risacher is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Marshals Service conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated March 17, 2021