Former guard sentenced for taking bribes

Paid to give tobacco, drugs to inmates

Staff report

Terry Terrigno, 31, of Canfield, was sentenced to one year in prison Tuesday for taking bribes from inmates and giving them marijuana, tobacco and narcotics while working as a corrections officer at the private Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.

U.S. District Court Judge Pamela A. Barker handed down the sentence after Terrigno pleaded guilty to four charges in December.

According to U.S. Northern Ohio Court District documents, from February 2017 to July 2019, Terrigno maintained a post office box and regularly received portions of tobacco, marijuana and Suboxone through the mail from the associates of inmates entrusted to his care.

Documents state that Terrigno smuggled the contraband into the NEOCC and redistributed it to the inmates. In return, Terrigno received electronic bribery payments made through a mobile phone application.

In total, Terrigno received more than $8,650 in bribery payments.

Terrigno’s attorney, Damian Billak, filed a sentencing memorandum in the case Monday that stated that Terrigno resigned from his employment as a corrections officer July 4, 2019.

The case was investigated by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and the Cleveland FBI.



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