Ex-jailer convicted over hacksaw blades hidden in tacos

July 27, 2011 8:04:16 AM PDT
Jurors have convicted a former South Texas jailer of bribery over tacos stuffed with hacksaw blades smuggled to a murder suspect awaiting trial. Alfred Casas was convicted Tuesday of two counts of accepting bribes and one count of providing an implement for escape in the failed December 2009 plot.

The penalty phase begins Wednesday. Casas faces up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Casas, who has back trouble, received prescription drugs in exchange for smuggling the blades to Jacob Keller. The blades were found during a random search of cells.

Keller in January pleaded guilty to an April 2009 double slaying. He's been sentenced to 21 years in prison.