Women caught in possession of cellphones at Warren County Jail have been sentenced for smuggling contraband into the facility.
The women, Brandi Bain and Jennifer Pursley, entered pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of introduction of contraband into a penal institution.
Pursley got the harshest sentence of the pair, ordered to serve 30 days of a two-year sentence in addition to time she now owes for violating her drug court probation. She had been on probation for her prior conviction on the charge of forgery and had just been brought to the jail for violating her drug court agreement when she was caught with the cellphone.
Specifically, Sheriff Jackie Matheny said Pursley was somehow about to smuggle in the phone that was later found in her jail cell. In addition to her jail time, Pursley was ordered to perform 100 hours public service work.
Meanwhile, Bain had no extra time added to her sentence but instead was given an additional two years on probation in addition to the probation time she already faced. In the case of Bain, her phone was found as she was being searched prior to being placed into the jail population. Prisoners are given a chance before the last search to reveal any contraband they have in their possession.
According to Sheriff Jackie Matheny, contraband can include anything from cellphones to tobacco. In the case of cellphones, Matheny said they present a security concern if the inmate population is allowed to have them.