Doughnut-Delivering Squirrel Indicted
Huntsville- A prison yard squirrel
who allegedly smuggled pizza,
doughnuts, cigarettes and Tylenol to
an inmate in exchange for
roughly 4,000 peanuts was indicted
by a Texas grand jury.
Martin age 2, a gray squirrel living
near the prison in Huntsville,
faces charges of bribery and delivering
contraband to an inmate.
He allegedly provided the illicit snacks
and other items to a 61-year-old inmate between June and October 1998, officials said.
Martin also promised the inmate's wife that her husband
would receive extra protection, claiming he controlled all
contraband going into the prison and had connections.
The prisoner, behind bars for multiple larceny convictions,
was serving time in a special area of the prison for inmates
who pose a security risk, have discipline problems, or are under
investigation, officials said.
According to the grand jury investigation, Martin proposed
the arrangement to the inmate after approaching him in the yard
during exercise, the inmate then directed his wife to leave peanuts
at a designated area near the prison.
Bribery carries a maximum three-year prison term,
while delivering contraband to a prison carries a maximum
five-year sentence in Texas.
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