Federal inmate gets more prison time after using phone to livestream from Atlanta cell

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Prison officials told Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne that they tracked down the inmate. Now they are trying to track down how he got that phone.

A federal inmate was sentenced to three additional months in prison for using a smuggled cellphone to post photos and livestream videos on Facebook, according to prosecutors.

The sentence was handed down this week, more than three months after 32-year-old Brian J. Wilson pleaded guilty in November to possessing a contraband cellphone in the U.S. Penitentiary in southeast Atlanta, U.S. Attorney BJay Pak said.

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Wilson was serving a 10-year sentence for possession of a stolen gun, Pak said. He has been an inmate in the Atlanta facility since May 2018.

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Wilson posted images to Facebook, posted a selfie holding the phone while in his cell and streamed live videos, Pak said.

The videos were streamed between late May and July, Pak said. In one stream, he said he set up a GoFundMe page for his cellmate, AJC.com previously reported.

“We starting a GoFundMe fund for my cellie, man,” Wilson said. “Look at him. He dried up. He hungry.”

In another video, he decided to give life advice to all the “little kids” watching his streams.

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“Don’t do drugs, sell drugs, steal guns (and) stay away from the guns, especially if you’re a convicted felon, because the federal law ain’t playing ... the United States will lock your (expletive) up,” he said.

The Contraband Act of 2010 made it a crime for federal inmates to possess or use cellphones, Pak said. Wilson was charged with possessing a contraband cellphone in prison under that law on April 29.

Wilson was set to be released in November 2022, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records. The additional three months will be completed when he finishes his current term.

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