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Final defendant gets 13 years in Md. prison drone case

This photo shows a Yuneec Typhoon drone and controller Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Jessup, Md. Maryland State Police and prison officials say two men planned to use the drone to smuggle drugs, tobacco and pornography videos into the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland, Md. Police arrested the men with the drone, the materials and a handgun in a vehicle Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

This photo shows a Yuneec Typhoon drone and controller Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in Jessup, Md. Maryland State Police and prison officials say two men planned to use the drone to smuggle drugs, tobacco and pornography videos into the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland, Md. Police arrested the men with the drone, the materials and a handgun in a vehicle Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

This undated photo provided by the Allegany County Sheriff's Office shows Thaddeus Shortz. Jury selection began Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Cumberland, Md., for Shortz, accused of planning to use a drone to fly contraband into a maximum-security state prison. (Allegany County Sheriff's Office via AP)

This undated photo provided by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office shows Thaddeus Shortz.  (Allegany County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

CUMBERLAND — 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.