Former Bexar County Jail Guard Sentenced to Federal Prison

A former Bexar County Detention Officer today was sentenced to three years in federal prison for smuggling drugs and other items to inmates in the Bexar County Jail, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Gabriel Ortiz also snuck phones and breakfast tacos into the inmates, charging as much as $900 per delivery.

Attorney Adam Cortez says his client made a 'bad mistake.'

"The judge looked at him for the man he is and sentenced him approproately, instead of looking only at the crime, which we all agree was bad," Cortez said.

Prosecutors urged U.S. District Judge David Ezra to sentence Ortiz to a stiff sentence, telling him that some of the phones he smuggled into inmates were used by gang leaders to order murders on the outside.

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