May 16, 2015 4:40 PM

Former corrections officer gets jail time for smuggling morphine to inmate

BRENTWOOD — A former corrections officer will soon be on the other side of the bars after being sentenced to nine months in jail for smuggling morphine into the Rockingham County jail.

Dennis Verrill, 65, of Center Barnstead, pleaded guilty in February to dispensing a controlled drug to an inmate, according to the Union Leader.

Verrill's lawyer argued that the veteran corrections officer was duped by an inmate who faked being in severe pain. Verrill also maintained that he was grief-stricken by the death of wife, who had died of cancer months earlier.

Verrill was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and must perform 100 hours of public service within 18 months of his release from jail. He will begin serving his sentence next week. He was allowed to take care of some personal matters before serving his jail term.

His plea deal allowed him to avoid the prospect of a state prison term.

Corrections officers and the sheriff’s department began investigating Verrill last May. Verrill was relieved of duty at the outset of the investigation.


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