DA Galligan secures guilty plea from state inmate

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MONTICELLO – Thirty-two-year-old Jose Burgos, a state inmate at the Sullivan Correctional Facility pled guilty to possession of dangerous prison contraband on Monday, according to Sullivan County District Attorney Meagan Galligan.

Jury selection was underway on Monday when Burgos changed his plea from not guilty to guilty, avoiding a trial.

According to Galligan, while serving time at the Sullivan Correctional Facility in 2019, state corrections officers discovered that Burgos was in possession of a sharp instrument, commonly referred to as a “shank.”

 Burgos was indicted by a grand jury on the charge and his trial was scheduled to begin on May 9th.  At sentencing scheduled for July 1, 2022, Burgos faces up to three years of consecutive prison time to the seven-year sentence he is currently serving for a 2016 robbery in New York City.

Galligan said, “Our corrections officers put their personal safety on the line every day when they go to work. While the public does not often see them, they are protecting us all every day. This defendant put officers, civilians and others in danger and must be held accountable for his criminal conduct.” She thanked all of those who appeared for jury service today, noting that the system does not work without their participation. Galligan commended the work of Assistant District Attorney Brian Conaty, who prosecuted the case.