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Illinois mayor guilty in jail smuggling case

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois village's mayor will lose her job now that she's pleaded guilty and been sentenced to probation in connection with charges that she smuggled a cellphone to her jailed niece.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Alorton Mayor JoAnn Reed pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Clair County Court to a charge of causing another to bring contraband into a penal institution.

She was sentenced to two years of probation, 60 hours of community service and court-ordered drug treatment.

Reed admitted she sneaked a cellphone to her niece at the Alorton jail in February 2013.

She later was elected mayor of the village and has worked for the county sheriff's department for 28 years.

Prosecutors dropped two official misconduct charges in exchange for her guilty plea.

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