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Illinois jail employee suspended after gun found

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- A Peoria County jail employee will be suspended for 20 days without pay after a security lapse last month that allowed an inmate to smuggle a loaded gun into the facility.

Sheriff Mike McCoy says the employee didn't conduct a complete search of 18-year-old Tyron Robinson. The employee's name hasn't been released.

Investigators say Robinson got a loaded revolver past searches by both Peoria police and jail personnel after his March 22 arrest.

The gun was apparently hidden under his clothes.

A Peoria newspaper reports that no punishment has been announced for any Peoria police officers.

Robinson is being held on $700,000 bond for attempted murder and weapons charges.

The jail plans to install a walk-through metal detector and begin using hand wands to improve searches.

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Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com

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