Former correctional officer sentenced to 32 months in jail for role in BGF scandal

BALTIMORE - A former state correctional officer was sentenced to 32 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for her role in the jail system's wide spread scandal involving the Black Guerilla Family.

Jasmine Thornton, 26, of Glen Burnie, was convicted of smuggling drugs and contraband for members of BGF gang inside the Baltimore City Detention Center. 

This case was developed as a result of the efforts of the Maryland Prison Task Force, formed in 2011, in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

According to her plea agreement, Thornton, who worked as a correctional officer from 2007 to 2013, had a personal and sexual relationship with one of the leaders of the BGF inmates at correctional center.  Thornton smuggled large quantities of contraband, including marijuana, tobacco and prescription pills, for the gang, including members Steve Loney and Tavon White. Thornton also warned inmates of impending searches by prison officers.

Thornton is the third correctional officer to be sentenced in the conspiracy.  Correctional officers Taryn Kirkland, 23, and Adrena Rice, 26, both of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy and were sentenced in January 2014, each to 42 months in prison.  Six other correctional officers have pleaded guilty to the racketeering conspiracy and await sentencing.

White, 36, and Loney, 24, also pleaded guilty to the racketeering enterprise.  Loney was sentenced on Jan. 14 to nine years in prison. White awaits his sentencing.

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