Jail worker sentenced to probation, fined for smuggling phone

Jail worker sentenced to probation, fined for smuggling phone

URBANA — A mental health worker who smuggled a cellphone into the Champaign County Jail that an accused murderer used to make harassing calls to a woman has been sentenced to probation.

Alyssa Solava, 24, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Heidi Ladd to bringing contraband into a penal institution, a Class 1 felony.

She was sentenced to two years of probation, ordered to pay just over $4,000 in fines and costs, and ordered to have no contact with Roy Duckworth, the inmate to whom she gave the phone.

Solava was employed with Correctional Health Care Cos. when she was arrested March 14 for having given a cellphone on March 6 to Duckworth while he was incarcerated at the downtown Urbana jail.

Duckworth, 27, of Rantoul, is in the county jail awaiting trial for the January 2011 first-degree murder of Marcus Brown of Rantoul. He has been there since March 2011.

Patti White, regional director of operations for Correctional Health Care Cos., said Solava is no longer employed by that company. The company is an independent contractor for Champaign County that provides mental health services for inmates.

The smuggling of the phone came to light when the woman who was getting calls at odd hours from Duckworth complained to jail employees. They investigated and found the cellphone, which he had possessed at least three days.

Solava was also charged with a Class X version of the same crime, but Assistant State's Attorney Adam Dill dismissed that as part of her guilty plea, which he negotiated with Bloomington attorney Robert Carter.

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Dann001 wrote on May 03, 2012 at 3:05 am

Probation & a $4,000 Fine??? A "Class X" candidate & the Assistant DA caves??? That means that she must already have two felony convictions on her record to qualify? How many people have you heard of, that are elegible for a Class X sentence, and receive Probation? Good luck with the 6th judicial joke of Chamapaign County!