Ex. Rep., Lt. Gov. nominee Oxley takes prison job

Dennie Oxley, Jr.
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English - A southern Indiana prison has hired former Democratic lieutenant gubernatorial nominee Dennie Oxley Jr.

The five-term state representative, Jill Long Thompson's running mate on the Democratic ticket in 2008, begins his new job as program director at the Branchville Correctional Facility on Feb. 8. He'll earn $52,000 annually.

Indiana Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison says Oxley will develop and implement programs to prepare inmates for their re-entry into society. He'll also help the 1,300-inmate, medium-security prison with accreditation.

Oxley pleaded guilty to impersonating a public servant in December and was sentenced to three months probation. Police said he tried to avoid arrest on a public intoxication charge by pretending to still be a lawmaker.

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