2nd defendant gets 5 years in prison drone case

Posted at 7:15 AM, Apr 06, 2016
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- The second of three defendants has been sentenced to five years in prison for trying to fly contraband into a maximum-security state prison aboard a drone aircraft.
Thirty-year-old Keith Russell of Silver Spring was sentenced Tuesday in Cumberland. He pleaded guilty in February to attempted delivery of contraband tobacco, rolling papers and a cellphone.
Both sides said Russell was a minor player in a plan by fellow ex-convict Thaddeus Shortz and inmate Charles Brooks to smuggle contraband over the 12-foot fence around the Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.
Russell and Shortz were arrested near the prison in August. Police found the drone and packages containing drugs, pornography, tobacco and a cellphone in Shortz' pickup truck.
Brooks was sentenced last month to 13 years. Shortz is scheduled for sentencing April 12.

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