Judge rejects deal in Vermont prison guard smuggling case

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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION (AP) - A Vermont judge has rejected a plea agreement that would have allowed a former correctional officer to avoid jail for smuggling marijuana into the Windsor prison.

On Tuesday, Windsor County Superior Court Judge Karen Carroll rejected a deal that would have had 46-year-old Brett Jasinski pay a $500 fine and spend no time in jail.

Jasinski was charged last December with a misdemeanor for smuggling the marijuana into the Southeast State Correctional Facility that carried a maximum $500 fine and six months in jail.

The Valley News reports Carroll said the proposed deal sends the wrong message and undermines the integrity of the correctional system and the integrity of the court."

Jasinski's attorney told the court Jasinski took full responsibility for bringing contraband into the facility.


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