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Lawyer: Plea sought for ex-prison guard

Nancy Gonzalez, a Federal Bureau of Prisons Corrections

Nancy Gonzalez, a Federal Bureau of Prisons Corrections Officer who was charged with sexual abuse of an inmate, exits Federal Court with her attorney Anthony Ricco after being arraigned in Brooklyn. (Feb. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

A lawyer for Nancy Gonzalez, the federal prison guard from Long Island who is accused of conceiving a baby in jail with convicted cop-killer Ronell Wilson, said Friday that a plea in the case is a "strong possibility."

Defense lawyer Anthony Ricco made the comments outside federal court in Brooklyn after prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan that plea negotiations are ongoing. They refused to describe the plea offer.

Ricco, of Manhattan, also said that Gonzalez, 29, of Huntington Station, who gave birth to Wilson's baby in March, has been fired from her prison job and is trying to prepare for her future.

"She's enrolled in school, working, she's a single mom," he said. Gonzalez, standing to the side, would not comment on her newborn. "The baby's doing fine," Ricco said.

Jury selection in Wilson's case was continuing in the courthouse Friday morning. But Gonzalez did not bring the baby to her hearing, and did not visit the courtroom where Wilson's case is unfolding.

Wilson was convicted of murdering NYPD officers Rodney Andrews of Middle Village and James Nemorin of Baldwin Harbor during a 2003 undercover drug buy, but his 2007 death sentence was overturned by an appeals court. A new trial on whether he should get the death penalty is scheduled to start next month.

In February, prosecutors charged Gonzalez with having sex last year with Wilson in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center, where he was awaiting trial. It is a crime for guards to have sex with inmates because of the power they exercise over the inmate.

She faces up to 15 years in prison.

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