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Man gets prison time for receiving items in jail

WINNER—A Sioux Falls man was sentenced last week to spend about four years in prison for receiving prohibited items while in jail.

Tanner Turkey, now 25, had items such as marijuana and coricidin HBP cough and cold pills delivered to him in the Winner City Jail in late March and early April.

Turkey's girlfriend, 26-year-old Cassandra King, brought the substances into the jail wrapped in several layers of paper, then placed them between the trash can and liner in a women's bathroom. According to court documents, 56-year-old Monte Yellow Hair, another inmate who was trusted with cleaning that bathroom, then picked up the drugs from the trash can and delivered them to Turkey.

An anonymous inmate reportedly notified jail staff of the activity taking place on April 3. Corrections officers then waited until something was left in the trash can, then took it out and inspected it. They then placed it back in the trash can to see if it would be moved.

A correctional officer was notified when Yellow Hair had finished cleaning the bathroom. When it was discovered the items were removed from the trash can, Yellow Hair was questioned and reportedly told officers that Turkey was the inmate receiving the items.

King was sentenced on May 17 to a suspended two-year prison sentence and three years probation for delivering certain unauthorized articles to an inmate. Yellow Hair was sentenced on Aug. 16 to two years in prison with 59 days suspended for possession of certain unauthorized articles in jail.

Yellow Hair and King's charges and the charge for which Turkey was convicted — delivery of certain unauthorized articles to an inmate — are all Class 6 felonies, which are punishable by up to two years in prison. However, because Turkey additionally admitted to being a habitual offender and committing one or two prior felonies, his maximum possible sentence was increased. Ultimately, he was sentenced to five years in prison with one year suspended and credit for 72 days served.