- Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2020

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - An inmate who authorities say was found with an improvised weapon in a Maryland prison was convicted this week on weapons charges.

A jury in Carroll County on Monday found Antonio Lancaster guilty of possession of a weapon while in confinement and possession of contraband, the Carroll County Times reported. Lancaster, 33, of Hyattsville, faces up to 10 years in prison.

The Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office said correctional officers at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility on April 27 found a pointy 7-inch homemade metal weapon hidden in one of Lancaster’s socks. Lancaster was serving time for a robbery conviction.

The Office of the Public Defender in Carroll County, which is representing Lancaster, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo in a statement said prison contraband presents a danger to inmates and correctional officers.

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