St. Louis corrections officer gets probation -

St. Louis corrections officer gets probation

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis corrections officer under scrutiny following a high-profile jail escape last year has been sentenced to six months of probation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a judge handed down the sentence Monday for 52-year-old Mori Farrell after his guilty plea to eight misdemeanor counts of making a false report. He had been charged with nine felonies of forgery and permitting escape before reaching a plea deal with prosecutors.

Authorities say Farrell lied about his rounds on April 22, 2011, the day that Vernon Collins and David White escaped from the St. Louis Justice Center. Those escapes and others have prompted inquiries by aldermen and a shake-up of jail administration by Mayor Francis Slay's office.

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