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      Man Allegedly Tried To Smuggle Phone To Manson

      CORCORAN, Calif. (AP) -- A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone inside a California prison where the mass murderer is housed.

      California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton says 63-year-old Craig Carlisle Hammond was arrested Sunday for investigation of conspiracy, possession of an illegal communication device and attempting to bring a cell phone into a prison. Hammond was taken to jail and is scheduled to be in court next month.

      Authorities say Hammond had a wrist watch cell phone that was found by a correctional officer at Corcoran State Prison. Manson, who is serving a life sentence for orchestrating a series of gruesome murders, has been caught with a smuggled cell phone twice in the past four years.

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