The defendant in an ongoing murder trial is facing additional charges after an accomplice allegedly tried to smuggle a cellphone to him in County Jail, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.
Michael Sione Green, 26, who is already in custody and standing trial for murder, and 23-year-old Christian Cornejo — who was arrested Friday after he allegedly attempted to bring the phone to Green in jail — have been charged with possession of an unauthorized wireless device in jail and conspiracy. Cornejo is also in custody on a parole hold.
“We had information that there may be an attempt to smuggle a cell phone into the jail,” said Eileen Hirst, chief of staff for the Sheriff’s Department. “We…were able to intercept before it made it to the jail.’’
The Friday afternoon incident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department Internal Affairs unit and their criminal unit, as well as the FBI and District Attorney’s Office, said Hirst. The District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
It remains unclear how the smuggling incident will impact the murder trial of Green, 26, of San Mateo. Green allegedly killed Sacramento resident Melquiesha Warren and wounded her friend in a November 2013 incident near Jessie and Sixth streets.
Green faces three murder charges, eight charges of assault with a semi automatic weapon and an assortment of weapons charges. His defense lawyer Eileen Burke has been mounting her case this week after prosecutors rested earlier this week.
Burke did not return a call seeking comment.