Breaking News Bar
updated: 10/7/2013 10:54 PM

Chicago jail guard gets 2 years for smuggling

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

A former federal jail guard who worked in downtown Chicago has been sentenced to two years in prison for smuggling food and cigarettes.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that 51-year-old Tony Henderson of Portage, Ind., was sentenced Monday. He was a jail guard at the Metropolitan Correctional Center for 16 years. Authorities say he smuggled the goods into the federal jail. They say in return he received cash bribes of between $5,000 and $10,000 from inmates' relatives.

Henderson's attorney, John Legutki, said Henderson was an Army and National Guard veteran. He says that will make him a target in prison.

Judge Edmond Chang said Henderson committed "a very serious breach of the public trust in a highly sensitive situation."

Henderson also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.