A former jailer at the Eastern Shore Regional Jail in Eastville was in Northampton Circuit Court Monday. Maria Owens of Cheriton, who was employed as a jailer at the facility, was in court facing two charges, having carnal knowledge of a prisoner and providing a cell phone to a prisoner. Both charges are class 6 felonies. Owens was in court on March 5 to face the charges but pled not guilty to both.
On Monday Owens changed her plea to guilty on the carnal knowledge charge and the case was continued pending preparation of a pre-sentence report.
The charge of providing a prisoner with a cell phone was continued until March 26 in Northampton Circuit Court.