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Man who threatened officers while in Jackson Co., IL jail is sentenced

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MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

An Illinois man who threatened correctional staff at the Jackson County Jail has been sentenced.

Travis Winters, 41, of Bellwood, Illinois threatened staff in a letter while he was behind bars on Nov. 29, according to the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Officers found a shank in his cell. In an interview, he threatened to kill officers, according to the state's attorney.

He pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of contraband in a penal institution and to threatening a public official in October 2017,

He was sentenced to a total of 17 years on the two charges in the Department of Corrections on Dec. 19. The case was investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

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