ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky prison guard and a Tennessee woman have pleaded not guilty to charges that they helped smuggle marijuana, tobacco, cellphones and sexually explicit photographs to inmates.
An indictment accuses Cindy Gates of securing contraband and former guard James Lewis of smuggling it into the Federal Correctional Institution near Ashland.
Inmate Gary Musick is accused of directing Gates and Lewis on what items to procure and directing his fellow inmates to sell the items.
Ashland's The Independent reports (http://bit.ly/15D4hPN) Lewis, of Ironton, pleaded not guilty in federal court last week to charges of accepting bribes as a public official and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Gates, of Newport, Tenn., pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S.
Musick will be arraigned on Oct. 17.
Lewis faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Lexington. Musick, whose current release date is Dec. 8, 2020, could have up to 10 years added to his sentence and be fined up to $250,000. Gates faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Any sentences would be imposed after consideration of federal sentencing guidelines.
Trial is tentatively set for Dec. 9.
Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com