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Final defendant gets 13 years for prison drone

Posted at 8:48 AM, Apr 13, 2016
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) -- The last of three defendants has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for trying to fly contraband into a maximum-security state prison aboard a drone aircraft.
 
The Office of the State's Attorney for Allegany County said in a news release that 25-year-old Thaddeus Shortz of Knoxville was sentenced Tuesday. He had been convicted in January of 31 offenses related to the attempt to fly contraband via drone into the Western Correctional Institution in August.
 
Assistant State's Attorney Erich Bean says Shortz successfully delivered similar items into the prison several times.
 
Thirty-year-old Keith Russell of Silver Spring and inmate Charles Brooks were also convicted for their roles in the crime.
 

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