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Appeals court upholds Freeborn County's decision to fire jailer


ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld Freeborn County's decision to fire a jail administrator.

Marcellino Peña was fired in Sept. 2012 and asked the state appeals court to review his termination.

He alleged the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office violated his constitutional rights. The court of appeals announced Monday that it ruled Freeborn County did not deprive Peña of his procedural due process.

As we reported in September 2012, Peña was at the center of an investigation related to allegations of misconduct.  He supervised jail security, but County Administrator John Kluever says the troubles were "more management-related and staff-related... not security-related."  Kluever declined to be more specific.

Peña had been an employee of the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office for about eight years.


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