LOCKPORT – A Lockport woman who allegedly passed tobacco to a Niagara County Jail inmate in 2011, leading to a fight that ended with a career-ending back injury for a corrections officer, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a drug felony charge.
State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. placed Jessica R. Broughton in a court-supervised drug treatment program after she admitted to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for having cocaine with the intention of selling it.
Broughton, 22, of Crosby Avenue, also forfeited $700 that police seized when they raided her home and found the cocaine. A prison contraband charge against her remains open in Lockport Town Court.
On Aug. 26, 2011, Broughton was charged with giving tobacco to Ramone D. Walker of Lockport, while she was visiting him in the jail. As officers tried to seize the tobacco, which is not allowed at the jail, Walker fell on Officer Mark A. Crawley, 46, who underwent spinal surgery and is permanently disabled.
Walker, 37, is serving a four-year prison sentence on a drug felony. A grand jury refused to indict him in the Crawley case in November, after two previous indictments were dismissed on technicalities.