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Ex-state prison guard lied to marshals about fugitive brother's whereabouts

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 5:12 p.m.

A 12-member federal jury on Wednesday convicted a former state prison guard on three counts of lying to federal marshals about his brother's whereabouts.

The marshals interviewed Ralph Currington, 43, of Perry South on Sept. 23 while seeking Frank Currington, who was wanted on a heroin trafficking charge, prosecutors say.

Ralph Currington, who was a prison guard at the time, said he hadn't seen his brother since a visit to North Carolina in 2012, hadn't talked with him since a phone conversation more than a month earlier and had no knowledge of his brother returning to Pittsburgh, prosecutors say.

In fact, Frank Currington stayed at his brother's home as recently at Sept. 14, prosecutors say.

U.S. Circuit Judge D. Michael Fisher has scheduled Ralph Currington's sentencing for Nov. 24. He faces up to five years in prison for each of the three false statements he made to marshals.

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