(KMOV) – A former corrections officer with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department has pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice.
Valeria Wilson Jackson admitted that she intentionally misled authorities about her role in the assault of an inmate being housed in the Washington County Jail.
The charges against Jackson stem from an incident where an inmate was severely beaten by other inmates in September 2005. The inmate suffered significant injuries, including a broken bone.
Jackson admitted that she placed the inmate in the same cell with another inmate she knew to be violent and then encouraged the violent inmate to assault the other. She told authorities that she put the inmate in that cell because the inmate had annoyed her and called her a name.
Jackson also admitted that she misled an FBI special agent when she denied knowing that the inmate was likely to assault the other inmate.
Obstruction of justice charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
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