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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