Inmate Charged With Possessing A Cellphone

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SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tyevhon King, age 35, an inmate at Federal Correctional Institute-Schuylkill, Minersville, Pennsylvania, was charged by a criminal information on April 22, 2022, for unlawfully possessing a cell phone.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the information alleges that on July 16, 2021, King possessed a cellphone.  Federal law makes the possession of cell phones by an inmate in prison illegal out of security concerns that arise from unmonitored calls.

The matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Federal Bureau of Investigations. United States Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is one year of imprisonment.    A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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