Kingsland man pleads guilty to bribery charge
A Kingsland man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to bribery in federal court Monday.
Mathew Stone, 28, pleaded guilty in federal court for accepting a bribe while he was working as a correctional officer at D. Ray James prison in Charlton County, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Stone pleaded guilty to one count of bribery for accepting $1,100 to smuggle contraband, such as cell phones and tobacco, into the prison, according to court documents and testimony.
The maximum sentence is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Parole is not a part of the federal justice system.
Before Stone is sentenced, the U.S. Probation Office will conduct a pre-sentence investigation, which typically includes examining the person’s family history, community ties, education background, employment history, physical health, mental and emotional health, history of substance abuse and willingness to accept responsibility for his crime.
Special agents for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigated the case, which was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Marcela Mateo before Chief U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood.
D. Ray James Correctional Institution is a privately run facility that houses federal inmates through a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.