Two female inmates who faced only short sentences are now looking at three-year terms for smuggling drugs into Warren County Jail.
The inmates, Jennifer Bouldin, 40, and Shannon Nicole Evans, 39, both entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to smuggling contraband into a penal institution. They were both handed three-year sentences. Bouldin was ordered to serve three years concurrently (at the same time) as any other time she owes the state. She owes the state eight years for violation of probation.
Evans was directed to serve 30 days of a three-year sentence with the remainder of her term to be served on probation. She can serve her time on weekends and must undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and perform 24 hours public service work.
Their sentences come after a corrections officer witnessed Evans getting drugs from a hiding place inside her cell. According to Sgt. Jason Walker of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Evans was at the jail to serve a four-day stint when the corrections officer caught her red-handed.
“The officer observed Shannon Evans lifting her bed mat and getting a plastic bag with a brown substance in it,” Walker recalled. “She gave it to Jennifer Bouldin.”
Walker said officers retrieved the bag from the inmates. The bag contained tobacco and 28 tizanidine pills (a prescription muscle relaxer). Along with the drugs, tobacco is a banned substance at Warren County Jail. Possession of contraband such as drugs and tobacco are considered Class C felonies and are punishable by a term of three to six years.
During a subsequent conversation with authorities, Bouldin admitted bringing in the drugs and then attempting to hide them from guards.