Woman gets jail for drug smuggle
Woman gets jail
for drug smuggle
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The girlfriend of a prisoner, who admitted to conspiring with a guard last fall to smuggle marijuana to her boyfriend inside his cell at the Windsor jail, was sentenced Monday.
Trisha Belliveau, 23, of St. Johnsbury pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of transportation of marijuana into a detention facility and was sentenced to a three- to six-month sentence that will run concurrent to a three- to 8-year sentence that Belliveau is already serving for a previous, unrelated conviction.
Belliveau was herself out on furlough Aug. 23, 2013 when, she later told investigators, she met up with (now former) corrections officer Brett “Duke” Jasinski, 46, of Chester at a gas station in Ascutney. That’s where Jasinski allegedly accepted $150 to take packs of cigarettes and “a couple of bags of weed” and deliver them to inmate Wesley Kidder, 23, who was serving a sentence for sexual assault.
Kidder has since pleaded guilty and was sentenced to spend an additional three months in jail after his original sentence expires, while Jasinski pleaded innocent in December and is still awaiting trial.
The transport was discovered August 2013 after a “shakedown” of Kidder’s cell in which a cellphone was found that showed pictures of a large amount of marijuana cigarettes the inmates had apparently been photographing. An investigation by Corrections officials and the Vermont State Police turned up security camera footage that detectives said showed Jasinski carefully placing an opened bag of chips into a trash can next to his desk and then returning to check on it several times, before the tape showed one of Kidder’s cellmates enter the guard’s area, go straight to the trash can and retrieve the bag before carrying it back to his cell.
During Monday’s sentencing Windsor County Deputy State’s Attorney Rhonda Sheffield expressed disgust that the maximum penalty for conspiring to get drugs into a prison in Vermont is only six months.
Judge Carroll asked Belliveau about the state of her relationship with Kidder. “He’s still my boyfriend,” Belliveau said.
“I don’t want to preach to you,” Judge Carroll replied, “but a lot of what causes people to be here (in court) is their associates, so I would just encourage you to think long and hard about that relationship.”