Former guard, inmate sentenced in smuggling case at prison in NC

From staff reportsOctober 3, 2013 

— A former guard and former inmate are going back to prison for their roles in a contraband smuggling operation at Rivers Correctional Institution, a privately-run federal prison in Winton.

Former correctional officer Raye Lynn Holley, 50, and Kenneth Dodd, 33, a former inmate, were sentenced Thursday in federal court. Dodd was sentenced to 3 years, one month in prison, while Holley, the guard, faces one year, eight months.

Dodd was one of the inmates who paid Holley and other officers to smuggle cell phones, cigarettes and other contraband into the prison, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with help from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Dodd’s sentence was the longest term in a case that earlier this year yielded convictions for another officer and inmate. Former inmate Roland Bazemore was sentenced to two years, six months, and former guard Rhonda Boyd to one year, eight months earlier this year.

A third officer, Rashonda Cross, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to accept bribes; she is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

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