McConnell Unit workers sentenced for racketeering, drug charges

Oct. 31, 2013 at 5:31 a.m.
Updated Nov. 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.

Three Crossroads residents were among 14 former McConnell state prison workers sentenced in federal court Thursday in what officials say was a large-scale racketeering scheme.

Eleven others were also sentenced for their roles in the scheme, according to a news release from federal court.

Former guard Christy Nesloney, 27, of Cuero, was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison while Kimberly Koenig, 32, of Victoria, received three years probation.

The two were convicted of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Another McConnell guard, Jamar Tremayne Green, 30, of Refugio, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute ecstasy. Green will serve five months in prison plus five months of home confinement, a judge ruled.

Homeland Security, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and other federal agencies began investigating the Beeville prison in 2009 after they learned inmates were using cellphones to orchestrate crimes on the outside.

The inmates received the cellphones from the guards, according to earlier reports.



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