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Prison Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Planting Screwdriver But Will Not Face Jail Time

Prison Official Plants Screwdriver in Inmate's Cell

The former Texas prison Sergeant accused of planting screwdrivers in an inmate’s cell so he could create false inmate disciplinary reports please guilty to a third-degree felony tampering charge.

Marcus Gallegos was one of four Ramsey Prison Unit officials indicted earlier this year in connection with an evidence-planting scheme which became known after an investigation into an illegal disciplinary quota system.

Gallegos is the first of the four men to plead guilty. He will take a four-year deferred adjudication with 120 hours of community service.

Gallegos will not face any jail time and can have his conviction removed from his record in four years if he successfully completes the terms of his plea.

For obvious reasons, the inmate who was the target of the illegal planting of the screwdriver was disappointed in the outcome.

Gallegos resigned from his position at the prison before he could be fired. The other four men involved in the incident still have pending cases with court dates set for early next year.

Some of these same officials were also involved in a second, similar incident involving a different inmate and planted drill bits in his cell. The Office of the Inspector General closed that case in October without charges.

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