• Duval County woman sentenced for hiding handcuff key in chicken sandwich

    By: Stephanie Brown, WOKV

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    The Baldwin woman accused of concealing a plastic handcuff key in a chicken sandwich at Florida State Prison has now been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

    WOKV told you back in April that 48-year-old Trisha Denlinger had been arrested. She has now pleaded “nolo contendere” in Bradford County to unlawful possession of a handcuff key and conveying tools to aid escape and been sentenced to 30 months, with credit for 60 days time served. 

    Denlinger arranged to visit her husband at Florida State Prison, where he was an inmate, according to her arrest affidavit. Records say she purchased a sealed chicken sandwich, unsealed it, heated it in a microwave, and then gave it to a Correctional Officer to search. Investigators say the Officer found a plastic handcuff key in that sandwich. 

    The arrest affidavit says Denlinger went through three prison fences, four gates, and a metal detector. Her person items had gone through an X-ray scanner, per the Florida Department of Corrections.

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