At his July 22 case management hearing, Bradley Stirnaman opted to make an open plea of guilty to one of two charges.
Stirnaman, 28, of Red Bud, was charged on May 6 of this year with the offenses of unlawful bringing of contraband into a penal institution and official misconduct.
The charges allege that while Stirnaman was a correctional officer at Menard Correctional Center, which is a maximum security prison, he conspired to bring heroin into the prison. In addition, he is alleged to have accepted a fee of $5,000 to transport cannabis, heroin and a cell phone into the prison.
Following a warrant being issued, Stirnaman turned himself in and his bond was set at $50,000. He posted the 10 percent and was released.
At the case management hearing, Stirnaman and his defense attorney, Justin Kuehn, appeared before Judge Gene Gross. Kuehn stated that his client would plea to the count of official misconduct if the charge for contraband was dismissed.
Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker said that he was in agreement for this arrangement.
For more on Stirnaman, please see this week’s print edition.