Former prison guard Nancy Gonzalez, 29, made headlines recently when she decided it was a good idea to let inmate Ronell Wilson impregnate her in order to help him avoid the death penalty.
At the guard’s arraignment hearing on Tuesday at Brooklyn Federal Court, prosecutors revealed Gonzalez was using cocaine while pregnant. According to the New York Daily News, the judge had ordered Gonzalez to undergo a substance abuse evaluation, at the request of Assistant U.S. Attorney Celia Cohen.
Gonzalez’s lawyer Anthony Ricco explained that Gonzalez had suffered a relapse from a cocaine addiction shortly before being arrested last month due to the stress of the investigation. He also argued that there was no reason to disclose the positive drug test since it’s not a new development in the case, and he accused Cohen of doing so for the benefit of the media.
“It was poor judgment,” Ricco said of his client’s cocaine use.
Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to charges of having sexual intercourse with Wilson at the Brooklyn jail, but Ricco anticipates that she will plead guilty after delivering the baby later this month.
Thirty-year-old Wilson was sentenced to death by a federal jury in 2007 for the murders of NYPD undercover Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin during a gun buy-and-bust. It still remains unclear whether or not Gonzalez will cut a deal to testify for the government at Wilson’s upcoming resentencing.
A name for the baby boy has not been disclosed.