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Jennings caught after syringe sticks jailer
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A man responsible for a jail guard being stuck with one of his drug-using hypodermic needles will serve a half-year behind bars.The defendant, Harlie Keith Jennings, 28, of Manchester entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to six criminal counts including reckless endangerment, promoting the manufacture of meth, simple possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and introduction of drugs into the county jail. He was ordered to serve 180 days of a four-year sentence and pay $2,000 plus costs.His jail time comes after correctional officer Newman Ford was stuck with a hypodermic syringe which was concealed in Jennings’ pants pocket. The warrant against Jennings states the syringe was in his right pocket and the officer was pricked during a routine pat down prior to Jennings being booked into the jail and placed in the general population.A subsequent search of Jennings netted a baggie containing one-half gram of meth.In most cases, suspects are warned to turn over any illegal material before arriving at the jail to avoid a smuggling charge.