Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury in Maryland at the moment returned an indictment charging Sarah Beth Clendaniel, age 34, of Catonsville, Maryland, and Brandon Clint Russell, age, 27, of Orlando, Florida, with conspiracy to destroy an vitality facility. The defendants have been detained since their arrest on February 3, 2023, on associated fees.
The indictment was introduced by United States Legal professional for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron and Particular Agent in Cost Thomas J. Sobocinski, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Subject Workplace.
The only-count indictment alleges that Russell and Clendaniel conspired to willfully harm the property of an vitality facility, inflicting harm exceeding $100,000 and inflicting a big interruption and impairment of a perform of the ability.
An indictment isn’t a discovering of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed harmless except and till confirmed responsible at some later felony proceedings. If convicted, Russell and Clendaniel every face a most sentence of 20 years in federal jail for conspiracy to break an vitality facility. A federal district court docket decide will decide any sentence after taking into consideration the U.S. Sentencing Pointers and different statutory components.
United States Legal professional Erek L. Barron counseled the Baltimore FBI Subject Workplace for its excellent work within the investigation and praised the Joint Terrorism Job Pressure, the Maryland State Police, the Baltimore County Police Division and the Tampa, Washington, and New York Subject Workplaces of the FBI for his or her worthwhile help. Mr. Barron additionally thanked the Division of Justice’s Nationwide Safety Division and the US Legal professional’s Workplace for the Center District of Florida for his or her help. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Legal professional Kathleen O. Gavin, who’s prosecuting the case and thanked Assistant U.S. Legal professional Christina Hoffman for her help. For extra info on the Maryland U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace, its priorities, and assets accessible to assist the neighborhood, please go to www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach. To report a Maryland-based hate crime, contact the FBI Baltimore discipline workplace at (410) 265-8080 or www.tips.fbi.gov.
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