Inmate Sentenced for Smuggling Cellphones Into Dauphin County Prison

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HARRISBURG, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Danny Cruz, age 44, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on January 25, 2023, to 51 months in prison by United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner for smuggling cellular telephones into Dauphin County Prison.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Cruz was an inmate in Dauphin County Prison on charges of attempted murder. While he was incarcerated, he bribed a prison guard to help him smuggle cellphones into the prison. He also recruited his mother to facilitate the bribe payments and the transfer of cellphones to the guard. On multiple occasions between October 2015 and January 2016, Cruz’s mother gave money and cellular telephones to a prison guard, former Corrections Officer Kyle Bower, age 34, of Harrisburg, who then smuggled the phones into the prison to Cruz.  Corrections Officer Bower was paid hundreds of dollars for each phone he smuggled into the prison.

When imposing the sentence, Judge Conner ordered that Cruz serve his 51-month sentence after he completed serving his attempted murder sentence of 9-20 years.

All other participants in the conspiracy have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to smuggle phones into the prison.  Former Corrections Officer Kyle Bower was sentenced to two months in federal prison to be followed by two months of home detention after his release. Alice Martinez, age 43 of Chambersburg, was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Lizarah Matthews, age 31, of York, was sentenced to one year of probation. Cruz’s mother, Aida Rosado, age 62 of Harrisburg, was sentenced to two years of probation with the first two months on home detention.

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This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Dauphin County Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Consiglio is prosecuting the case.

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