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Jeremy Lensbouer /70511/
Jeremy Lensbouer was a guard at the county jail at Somerset in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
He got busted sneaking heroin into the jail, apparently to sell.
Now he's doing 2 to 5 years as a prisoner.
claimed that, golly, he
didn't know it was heroin.
thought it was just tobacco.
SOMERSET - Fighting tears, former ...
SOMERSET - Fighting tears, former Somerset County Jail guard Jeremy Lensbouer said a naive mistake cost him his job, his marriage - and the chance to be a respected father to his two children."I would give my life gladly to undo the past for my (9-year-old) son," Lensbouer, 31, of Sipesville, quietly told President Judge John Cascio, reading Tuesday from a prepared statement.
Despite pleas from his
attorney for a work-release sentence, Lensbouer
was sentenced to two to five years in state prison for smuggling heroin into the lockup.
Taped phone conversations revealed Lensbouer
was to deliver the drugs to inmate David Mitchell.
, who pleaded guilty in February to introducing contraband into the jail and conspiracy, apologized for his
did not know the contraband contained heroin.
"Under no circumstances did I know there was anything else in that bag other than tobacco," he
said."I paid dearly for being stupid and so naive."Although introducing contraband into a jail carries a two-year mandatory sentence, defense attorney Kevin Rozich of Johnstown asked Cascio to structure the punishment to allow Lensbouer to be placed on work release and community service.
Rozich said Lensbouer
was "conned by the cons" during a time when inmate-on-inmate abuse was rampant at the jail.
was a model citizen in our community until he
got involved in this.He's
no criminal mastermind."
But Cascio said Lensbouer
was the most culpable among the four suspects in the case.
"He is an excellent young man," Arlene DeWitt said, describing Lensbouer
as an excellent husband and loving father.
...Former Somerset County Jail guard Jeremy Lensbouer is escorted Tuesday by sheriff's deputies from the Somerset courthouse.
A tearful Lensbouer was sentenced to two to five years in state prison for smuggling heroin into the jail.Kirt Swauger/THE TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT/
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The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA - Couple smuggled heroin into jail, police allege
Authorities said the pair placed six packets of heroin, tobacco, rolling papers and cash in guard Jeremy Lensbouer's car outside the jail on May 30, 2005.
Taped phone conversations revealed Lensbouer
was to deliver the drugs to inmate David Mitchell, court papers indicate.
, who was charged previously, has been fired.
The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA - Former Somerset County Jail guard faces charges
Jeremy Lensbouer's arrest culminates more than a year of investigation by the state Attorney General's Office and borough police, triggered partially by a widespread abuse scandal at the jail that occurred at the same time.Lensbouer
, 30, of Sipesville, sat quietly as he
was arraigned before District Judge Art Cook of Somerset and released on recognizance bond.
Authorities said he
is expected to waive the charges directly to court, bypassing a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for July 27.In a court document, Special Agent Dennis D. Dansak of the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation said Lensbouer admitted to being paid by inmate David Mitchell to bring the contraband into the jail.
...Lensbouer, a guard at the facility for four years, was fired soon after the allegations surfaced last year.
Dansak said authorities centered their investigation around Lensbouer
after reviewing 11 taped telephone conversations between Mitchell and a Somerset couple between May 18 and May 30, 2005.
is charged with bringing contraband into the jail, criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
NEPA News - News in brief from western Pennsylvania
Jeremy Lensbouer, 30, of Sipesville, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy and related offenses on Wednesday.He did not speak to reporters.Lensbouer, a Somerset County Jail guard for four years, was fired soon after allegations surfaced last year, officials said.He
admitted being paid by an inmate to bring in the drugs, said Dennis D. Dansak, a special agent with the state Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Investigators taped calls between the inmate and a Somerset County couple last May.After one call, the warden and deputy warden watched one of the people the inmate called place something in Lensbouer's car.They then watched Lensbouer
place the item in his sock and return to the jail, where officials searched him and confiscated six packets of heroin and cash, Dansak said.