- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey corrections officer who accepted bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into a county jail is now headed to prison.

Federal prosecutors say John Grosso received a two-year sentence on Wednesday. He also will have to serve a year of supervised release once he’s freed.

The 42-year-old Belleville man had pleaded guilty in April to extortion under color of official right. Prosecutors say he took cash bribes to smuggle in cellphones and cigarettes to an inmate at the Essex County Jail in 2013.

Grosso allegedly met with a relative of the inmate at the parking lot of a Secaucus store to accept the contraband and bribe before delivering the items to the inmate.

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