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Jerome Prusa, Jail Guard, Allegedly Smuggled Cannabis To Heriberto Viramontes, Alleged Bucktown Bat Attacker

07/15/2011 10:50 am ET | Updated Sep 13, 2011

A Cook County jail guard and a Chicago area woman were arrested Thursday after allegedly helping smuggle marijuana to an inmate accused of savagely beating two women with a baseball bat during a Bucktown robbery last year, leaving one of the women severely disabled.

Twenty-two-year-old Kira Lundgren was arrested on June 11, just minutes after she had taken marijuana into the jail facility where her boyfriend, 32-year-old Heriberto Viramontes, is currently awaiting trial, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. At that time, she had reportedly asked an undercover officer, who she thought was another visitor at the facility, to make sure Viramontes received the smuggled marijuana she had hidden under a table in the visitors' room.

It all allegedly happened under the watch of the jail guard, 50-year-old Jerome Prusa, who allowed the undercover officer to leave the marijuana for Viramontes at a secured part of the jail, the Sun-Times reported.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Prusia was suspended pending an employment hearing and he resigned from the LaGrange Park Police Department, where he worked as an auxiliary officer. Prusa faces a slew of charges, especially after officers also found two knives in his uniform. Both Viramontes and Lundgren were charged with one count each of bringing contraband into a penal institution.

Viramontes, along with his then-girlfriend Marcy Cruz, are still awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful restraint, among others. On April 23, 2010, Viramontes allegedly struck two women -- Stacy Jurich, 24, and Natasha McShane, 23 -- with a baseball bat as they were walking home on a Bucktown sidewalk on the 1800 block of North Damen. Cruz allegedly drove Viramontes from the scene. They pleaded not guilty to the charges in June of last year, according to NBC Chicago.

McShane received the more severe injuries of the two. Earlier this year, the Sun-Times reported that she is still hardly able to move and can barely speak.

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