[UPDATE] Correctional Officers Sentenced for Smuggling Contraband

UPDATE 4.27.2011 by Julie Montanaro

Two correctional officers were sentenced to time behind bars themselves today for smuggling contraband into the Leon County Jail last year.

According to court records, both William Armbrecht and John Hoffman entered no contest pleas in court today and were sentenced to six months in jail followed by 18 months on probation.


Two Correctional Officers Arrested
On Sunday 08/01/10 Detectives with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit arrested two Correctional Officers for Smuggling Contraband into the Leon County Detention Facility. LCSO’s Vice Unit received information involving allegations that Correctional Officers were introducing contraband into the jail. This investigation has been going on for over a month.
On Monday 06/28/10 after conducting interviews with a confidential informant and jail inmates, Vice Detectives searched specific cells in the jail. They located and seized contraband items described as having been provided to Correctional Officer William Armbrecht, who then smuggled the items to inmates. These items consisted of pornographic magazines and cigarettes.
On Sunday 08/01/10 LCSO’s Vice Unit made a covert controlled delivery consisting of the same contraband items, which were to be introduced into the Leon County Detention Facility by a Correctional Officer. The items were placed into the bed of a green Dodge Truck parked in the employee parking lot. The truck is registered to Correctional Officer John Hoffman. Vice Detectives conducted surveillance of Officer Hoffman and observed him come to his truck on break. Once he returned to the secure housing area of the jail, contact was made with him and the contraband items were located on his person.
Sheriff Campbell stated “It’s sad when the actions of a few can tarnish the reputation of many hard working, honest employees. This type of activity simply cannot be tolerated; and it will not be as long as I’m Sheriff”.
As a result of this investigation, both Correctional Officers were arrested. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.
Hoffman has been an employee of the Sheriff’s Office since November 1999 and Armbrecht since January 2008. Both employees were terminated.

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  • by FED UP Location: DOC on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:43 PM
  • by me Location: fla on Apr 28, 2011 at 01:02 PM
    this state worker got his benefits cut more then the rest.
  • by Natty Bumpo Location: Tally on Apr 28, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    The government continues to restrict free trade.
  • by RJ Location: Georgia on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    Do you think this is the first time this has happened ? Most correctional officers are honest hardworking men , and theres a few that deserve to be behind bars themselves..You honest officers keep up the good work And be carefull.
  • by x-cop Location: leon on Apr 27, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    they will be sissy when they get out.
  • by Noname' on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    I'm glad that the LCSO set up a sting to catch the two officers. I believe that the LCSO should continue to clean up in their own back yard, because I bet there are more who are just as crooked as some of the inmates. If someone outside of the jail had gotten caught trying to smuggle in contraband, would they have been punished more harshly than what the two officers received in thier sentence? I tend think so. I used to be staunch supporter of law enforcement, but over the past few years I have seen a few injustices, and I can no longer suppport them or the criminal justice system, particularly the SAO. Please remember that when election time comes around, vote out Campbell and Meggs. It is time for someone new to come in and straighten up the LSCO and the SAO. It's time for a change.
  • by Former MP on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    Thugs guarding thugs
    • reply
      by Noname' on Apr 28, 2011 at 03:35 PM in reply to Former MP
      Hey MP, that's a good slogan; I like it!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    Well in reply to MP, I would love to hear how you know that Hoffman has previously been caught doing the same thing. If I am to assume that you know Officer Hoffman, then I am also to assume that you are trying to further hurt his reputation because you have a personal vendetta against him. If that is the case please try and refrain from your ridiculous accusations and get back to worrying about your miserable failed life. Now I may be jumping to conclusions but if you feel the need to take time out of your day to get online and post outrageous completely false comments about officer Hoffman, then I am also going to assume that you are the trash and should get back to your trashy life and refrain from pouring your misery out on everyone else.
  • by Jim Location: Perry Fla on Aug 4, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    No, Rhonda Correctional Officers are certified by the State and both work at Prisons and County Jails. Now, unfortunately there are some that tarnish what we do by not up holding the oath we take. Most of us take our jobs seriously and do the best we can do as professionals. I'm a retired military man and can honestly say that the LEO's I've been priviledged to work around are honest men and women. The ones that are dishonest are found out in time and dealt with accordingly. I believe what goes around comes around...what is right is right...wrong is wrong.
  • by crunch Location: here on Aug 4, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    hey Rhonda, a Correctional Officer works at a county jail,state ,and federal prison.
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