A Nevada former defense attorney was indicted for 12 felony charges after she smuggled in a cell phone for her inmate boyfriend/client, and another inmate.
Alexis Plunkett, 36, is a defense lawyer and the girlfriend of Andrew Arevalo, 26, a documented member of the Surenos gang, who is currently serving time in Nevada.
Plunkett now finds herself facing jail time when she got the cell phone to her boyfriend.
The Daily Mail reports:
Plunkett was charged with handing her phone to Arevalo and Rogelio Estrada – another inmate she represented – on several occasions this year, theLas Vegas Review Journal reported.
Defense lawyers are allowed to bring phones into jail as long as they sign an agreement stating the phones will be used for purposes related to the case.
Plunkett claims she gave her phone to Arevalo and Estrada to make calls regarding bail, which she thought was allowed, the Review Journal reported.
But she was charged with 12 counts of unlawful possession of a portable telecommunication device by a felony jail prisoner, and two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy.
Arevalo was also indicted on Thursday. Estrada, who faces similar charges, was not indicted with the other two.
Police set up surveillance cameras inside the visitation room at the prison after becoming suspicious of Plunkett’s visits, some of which occurred late at night.
Plunkett, who represents Arevalo, was allegedly caught kissing the inmate on the lips during three separate visits.
In December 2015, Arevalo was caught on camera fondling Plunkett’s breasts during a visit, according to a prison lieutenant.
Corrections officers stepped in, and confronted Plunkett, who initially denied what happened before apologizing.
On May 31, Plunkett posted a selfie of Arevalo kissing her on the cheek on her law firm’s Facebook page.
The photo was captioned: ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast a stone at her.’
Plunkett told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she has known Arevalo since 2012 and isn’t ashamed of her relationship.
‘The press will not dictate my relationship with Andrew; that is why I posted a private picture of us – to show that we are people and I am not ashamed of him. Never,’ she said.
‘I’ve openly been with him for years and have never hidden it from anyone… I care deeply for Andrew and have for many years.’
She continues to defend their relationship, even as she faces trial to do time herself.
Documents and pictures show that the two have been together for a long time, with Arevalo being a known gang member.