Manson Caught With Second Smuggled Cell Phone: Report

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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One of the country's most notorious killers is making news from behind bars.

Serial killer Charles Manson was caught for a second time with a smuggled cell phone. A source at the California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told KCRA TV in Sacramento the phone was discovered in Manson's cell at Corcoran State Prison on Jan. 6.

Manson was issued a rules violation for possession of a contraband cell phone, according to the prison. The penalty for the first violation cost him 30 days credit for time served.

Phone smuggling has been called an epidemic in California prisons.  In the first nine months of 2010 prison officials reported confiscating 7,000 cell phones on prison grounds.

The first time Manson was found with a phone he allegedly used it to make calls and send text messages around the world. 

Manson was convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in 1971 and sentenced to death. That sentenced changed to life in prison with the possibility of parole when the California State Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty the following year. He has been denied parole several times and will have his next parole hearing next year.

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