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Schenectady woman pleads guilty in remote phone wiping case, attorneys say

Schenectady woman pleads guilty in remote phone wiping case, attorneys say

Schenectady woman pleads guilty in remote phone wiping case, attorneys say
Juelle L. Grant in November 2018
Photographer: Schenectady County Jail (inset); Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY -- A Schenectady woman has pleaded guilty for remotely wiping data from a cellphone that had been taken by police during a shooting investigation, attorneys in the case said.

Juelle L. Grant, 25, pleaded guilty last week to one count of tampering with physical evidence, a felony. She is to receive 60 days in jail and up to five years probation at her January sentencing.

Grant was arrested last November and accused of remotely wiping her iPhone X that police had seized as part of their investigation into an Oct. 23, 2018, drive-by shooting on Van Vranken Avenue. No one was injured in the shooting and the shooting remains unsolved, officials said.

Police believed Grant may have been in the car at the time of the shooting and then obtained her phone and told her it was considered evidence. After police took it, though, she was accused of remotely wiping it.

Police have since gotten protective bags, called Faraday bags, to prevent a similar tampering incident from happening again, prosecutor Brian Gray said.

Grant was originally accused of two counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of hindering prosecution. She pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with evidence.

The other charges related to allegations she drove the shooting suspect from the scene and concealed the shooter's identity. The charges do not relate to the shooting itself, Gray said.

Grant is represented by attorney Daniel Smalls. He said the resolution was the best fit for his client. He also said Grant has a supportive family and is looking forward to putting it behind her.

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