WILKES-BARRE — Two inmates serving life in prison for murder and a third inmate serving a lengthy prison term for attempted murder pleaded guilty Monday in Luzerne County Court to having mobile phones and chargers in their cells at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas.
Amir Ferguson, 22, Ryheim Calvin Hill, 32, and Lamont Hall, 25, separately pleaded guilty to possession of contraband before Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr.
As a formality, Sklarosky immediately sentenced Ferguson and Hill to three to six months on the mobile phone charges to run at the same time of their life sentences for murder. Hall was sentenced to six months to one year to run at the same time to an eight-to-20-year sentence for criminal attempt to commit murder.
During the hearing for Ferguson, he asked for a television to be returned to his cell when he returns to state prison.
Criminal complaints filed by state police at Wyoming provide details of the mobile phone charges:
• Ferguson is serving a life sentence on a second-degree murder conviction in Allegheny County in connection to a fatal shooting of a woman during a home invasion and a shoot-out with police in July 2010.
Correctional officers said Ferguson attempted to hide a mobile phone in his crotch when his cell was searched on July 10, 2013.
• Hill is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder in Philadelphia County in connection to a fatal shooting of a man in May 2002.
Correctional officers said Hill attempted to flush a mobile phone and its charger in a toilet when his cell was searched on April 26, 2013.
• Hall is serving an eight-to-20-year sentence for criminal attempt to commit murder in Philadelphia in 2009.
Hall flushed a mobile phone in a toilet when his cell was searched on May 17, 2013. The phone was recovered the next day from the prison’s sewage plant.
In a related case, the case against a fourth inmate at SCI-Dallas, Aldophus Karmee, charged with accepting a cell phone and heroin packets in a package, was continued until April 24.
Karmee, 27, serving a two-to-four year sentence on a simple assault conviction, allegedly signed for a package sent to him by an inmate at SCI-Camp Hill on July 19. The package contained a cell phone and 14 heroin packets, according to the criminal complaint.