Inmate Sentenced for Possessing a Weapon and Cell Phone in Prison

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JOHNSTOWN, PA — An inmate at Cambria County Prison pleaded guilty this week 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, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

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.

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