- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputy who pleaded guilty to smuggling cellphones and marijuana into the jail six years ago has avoided jail time.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval on Wednesday sentenced 29-year-old Tyrell Sutherland to three years’ probation.

Sutherland pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to provide contraband in a prison facility. Federal prosecutors say he brought the illicit items to prisoners three times for $200 or $300 per delivery.

He faced up to five years behind bars, but federal sentencing guidelines called for a term of imprisonment between zero and six months.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/ZqiKgh ) Sutherland made an emotional apology, saying he knew he had broken the law and that “my conscience just ate me up” after accepting the bribes.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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