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.