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Ohio Woman Charged with Providing Marijuana to Prison Inmate

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

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Warren, Ohio has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of providing contraband in prison, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The one-count indictment named Malinda Penezich, 47, of Warren, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on or about November 27, 2016, Penezich provided a quantity of marijuana to an inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Officers of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution and the Pennsylvania State Police 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 July 19, 2017