- Associated Press - Friday, July 7, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A lawyer who has said she’s in a relationship with a prison inmate client has been indicted on felony charges for allegedly allowing him to use her cellphone behind bars.

Investigators accuse 36-year-old Alexis Plunkett of allowing 26-year-old Andrew Arevalo and another man to use her phone while in jail.

Plunkett was indicted Thursday on 12 felony charges, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2ty12YA ).

Arevalo, also indicted, and the other accused man, Rogelio Estrada, face charges alongside Plunkett.

Arevalo is a documented member of the Surenos gang who goes by the nickname “Silent.” He has felony convictions dating to 2009.

He was shot in the face during a 2014 shooting at Nevada’s High Desert State Prison that left another man dead. With Plunkett as his attorney, Arevalo sued the Nevada Department of Corrections and others, including the former director of prisons. An ex-prison guard trainee is due for trial next February on an involuntary manslaughter charge in connection to the 2014 shooting at the prison.

Arevalo was arrested earlier this year after police found him with guns, body armor and meth while driving a 2004 Chevy Avalanche owned by Estrada, whom Plunkett also represented. Investigators said Plunkett provided her cellphone to both men at the jail following the incident.

Neither Plunkett nor her attorney Michael Becker could immediately be reached for comment.

Arevalo’s lawyer in the case, Lisa Rasmussen, said her client maintains innocence. Estrada has not been indicted.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jay P. Raman said prosecutors decided to take the case to a grand jury because there are multiple defendants and there was a lack of progress in negotiations.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com

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