Former Missouri jail guard sentenced in abuse case

Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 4:53 p.m. CST; updated 5:42 p.m. CST, Thursday, March 10, 2011

ST. LOUIS — A former guard at an eastern Missouri jail where prisoners were used as "enforcers" to attack other inmates has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Valeria Wilson Jackson, 26, will also serve six months of house arrest under the sentence she received Thursday in U.S. District Court.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Jackson pleaded guilty last year to obstructing justice in the investigation at the Washington County Jail in Potosi.

She also testified for prosecutors in the trial of her father, former Washington County jail boss Vernon Wilson. He was convicted last week of violating the civil rights of four inmates — two he assaulted and two who were attacked by other inmates at his direction.

Prosecutors recommended that Jackson be spared a prison sentence, citing her cooperation.

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