(Pekin, IL) — A former correctional officer in Pekin is admitting to accepting a bride from the family of an inmate. Melissa Gilmer of Tremont pleaded guilty yesterday and faces up to 15-years in prison. Prosecutors say Gilmer provided tobacco and a cell phone to an inmate while working at the federal prison in Pekin. She then received about six-thousand dollars from the inmate’s family.
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