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Former Prison Employee Sentenced for Witness Tampering

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Former prison employee Scotty Rose has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for witness tampering.

Acting United States Attorney Carol Castro says in a news release that Rose was sentenced Thursday.

Rose worked in the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley as a physician’s assistant. The release says that in February 2013, Rose told a prisoner that another inmate was wearing a recording device and working for the FBI as an informant. The informant was, in fact, working with the FBI on a large scale methamphetamine trafficking investigation and wearing a recording device as part of that investigation.

The news spread, putting the informant at risk of retaliation. She was moved from the prison for her safety.

The FBI determined Rose to be the source of the leak.