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April 4, 2014

Former jail worker gets one year for drug smuggling

RICHMOND — A former Madison County Detention Center employee was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison after admitting to smuggling drugs and cigarettes into the jail.

Donna S. Hunter, 60, pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree promoting contraband at an earlier court hearing. She received one year in prison for the first-degree charge, which is a felony, and 90 days for the second-degree charge, a misdemeanor.

Misdemeanor sentences are served concurrently, or at the same time, as felony sentences. She could have received a maximum of five years in prison on the felony promoting contraband charge.

Judge Jean C. Logue denied a request from Hunter’s attorney for probation. She will have to serve 15 percent of the sentence, about 55 days, to be eligible for parole.

Hunter was arrested Sept. 21 by Kentucky State Police. She had “illegally concealed a pack of cigarettes wrapped in duct tape inside her bra” and took them inside the Madison County Detention Center, according to a KSP report.

Inside the pack were 13 Marlboro Reds cigarettes and 62 Tramadol 50 mg tablets, the report stated.

She told the KSP investigator she had been bringing contraband into the jail for “some time,” according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith.

Hunter had been employed as a jail kitchen worker for 13 years, according to Jailer Doug Thomas.

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