UPDATE: Former Correctional Officer Sentenced to Prison

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/13/14 @ 3 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – A former prison guard from Ironton, Ohio, has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring with an inmate and others to smuggle prohibited items into the prison.

James Lewis, 46, was sentenced to 15 months during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Ashland Monday.

Lewis, who was a correctional officer at Federal Corrections Institute (FCI) in Ashland, previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

According to court records, from December 2010 until February 2012, Lewis conspired with inmate Gary Musick, of Newport, Tenn., and Musick’s girlfriend, Cindy Gates, to bring tobacco, marijuana, and nude photographs into the prison.

Gates frequently visited the prison and gave the items to Lewis. Lewis then gave the items to Musick, in exchange for payment from Gates and others.

In March, Musick was convicted of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility and possession of contraband.

Gates pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge, prior to her trial, and she was also sentenced probation on Monday.

Under federal law, Lewis will have to serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence.

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A correctional officer at the federal prison in Ashland, along with an inmate at the prison and the inmate's girlfriend have been indicted for conspiring to bring marijuana, tobacco and other prohibited items into prison

On Thursday, a U.S. District Court Grand Jury indicted correctional officer James S. Lewis, 45, of Ironton, Ohio; inmate Gary Musick, 32, of Newport, Tenn.; and Musick's girlfriend, Cindy Gates, 23, also of Newport.

Federal prosecutors say Musick also was indicted for possession of contraband in prison, while Lewis faces an additional charge of receiving a bribe as a public official.

The alleged conspiracy lasted from December 2010 to March 2012.

The indictment alleges Musick sold prohibited items to other inmates in exchange for stamps. In some instances, Musick directed inmates to have money sent to an outside address as payment for the prohibited items, according to prosecutors.

If convicted, Lewis faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Musick faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine, and Gates faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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