GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Greenville Police Department officials announced Friday morning that they have charged two prisoners in a sextortion scheme last year, which resulted in a local veteran committing suicide.
Police said Jared Johns, 24, shot himself inside his Greenville home after being blackmailed by prisoners inside Lee Correctional Institution.
Those two prisoners had access to contraband cell phones.
According to Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller, the two prisoners — John Dobbins and Carl Smith — were posing as the parents of an underage girl working to convince Johns they would go to the police if he didn’t give them money, and were accusing him of having an inappropriate conversation with their daughter.
Now, the director of the Department of Corrections is making a push to allow cell phone jammers in prison, making it impossible for inmates to get a cell signal from inside the facility.
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