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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Inmate Pleads and is Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Possessing a Prohibited Object in Prison

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – An inmate at Cambria County Prison pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of possession of a prohibited object in prison, and immediately following, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, followed by 1 year of supervised release, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Peter Augustus Wright, 43, pleaded guilty to Count One of the Indictment before United States District Judge Stephanie L. Haines.

In connection with the guilty plea, on October 22, 2020, Wright, while an inmate at Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, possessed a cellular telephone, as well as, a six-inch sharpened toothbrush, a weapon.

Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Ms. Chung commended the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Wright.

Updated May 3, 2022