Former guard who smuggled cell phone sentenced

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Associated Press

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 7:02 PM

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former guard at a South Texas detention center that houses federal detainees for U.S. marshals has been sentenced to one year in prison for smuggling a cellphone into the facility.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced Jorge Luis Sandoval of Pharr in McAllen on Thursday. Prosecutors had accused Sandoval of twice smuggling a phone to an inmate at the East Hidalgo Detention Center in La Villa in exchange for cash from a middleman in 2010.

Sandoval had pleaded guilty to bribery in July.

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