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Ex-Con Pleads Guilty to Sneaking into NYC Jails

Matthew Matagrano also allegedly assaulted an inmate and stole a walkie-talkie



    Matthew Matagrano is accused of using phony credentials to sneak into jails and mingle with inmates. Jonathan Vigliotti reports. (Published Sunday, March 3, 2013)

    A convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to repeatedly using phony credentials to gain entry into New York City jails.

    The 36-year-old Yonkers resident Matthew Matagrano pleaded guilty Thursday to posing as a correction officer and sneaking into the Manhattan Detention Center.

    During one of those visits, on Feb. 27, Matagrano assaulted an inmate and stole a $2,500 walkie-talkie. He also handed out cigarettes to inmates.

    It's not clear why the former inmate, whose rap sheet includes a conviction for sodomy and sexual abuse, wanted to get back into jails.

    He faces 10 years behind bars at sentencing.

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