Jefferson County Jail Guard Charged After Giving Inmate Smokes

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A Jefferson County corrections officer has been charged after she allegedly provided a county jail inmate with cigarettes.

Sheriff's deputies say 27 year old Janice O'Dell was charged after a grand jury heard the case. According to court documents, she allegedly gave an inmate cigarettes and a lighter in September.

She's charged with two counts of first degree promoting prison contraband and one count each of second degree promoting prison contraband and official misconduct.

"Certainly, there could be jail time in a case like this," Sheriff John Burns said.

"She is suspended at this time from her position as corrections officer, but that's certainly up to the court, if found guilty."

O'Dell was arraigned in Jefferson County court and released pending further court action.

She was suspended from her job on May 17.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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