- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A state prison inmate is opting for a jury trial on charges he conspired with two other men in attempting to bring drugs and other contraband into the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution aboard a drone.

Defense attorney Rebecca Lechliter told a judge in Cumberland on Tuesday that 43-year-old Charles Brooks has rejected a tentative plea deal. His trial is scheduled for two days, starting Wednesday.

Investigators say Brooks was in a dog-training program that enabled him to walk his dog outside his housing unit alone at night. They say he used the trips to retrieve contraband.

The two other men have been convicted of attempting to fly contraband into the prison in August.

Brooks is serving a life term for conspiracy to commit murder in Prince George’s County in 2002.


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