A felony charge has been filed against an inmate of the Douglas County Jail for allegedly making a shiv that was planted in another inmate’s cell.
Joseph Edward Pederson, 33, faces one count of delivering illegal articles to an inmate as a repeater. He made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Jan. 30.
The incident occurred in March 2019 while Pederson was housed at the jail. According to the criminal complaint, Pederson was trying to get another inmate moved out of the cell block. A witness said Pederson made the shiv and had another inmate plant it in the cell, the complaint said.
Jail staff found the shiv — made out of a jail-issued toothbrush, parts of a jail-issued comb, string, paper and a band-aid — in the jail cell and had it tested for DNA. The results found Pederson was the main DNA contributor on one part of the item and a possible contributor to DNA on other areas of it.
Cash bail was at $2,500, and Pederson was ordered to have no contact with the inmate whose cell the shiv was found in. He remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail Monday, Feb. 3.
If convicted, Pederson faces a maximum penalty of three and a half years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. His next court appearance was set for Feb. 5.