Ex-correctional officer sentenced to 18 months for accepting bribes

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WAYCROSS, Ga. – Mathew Stone, 28, a former correctional officer from Kingsland, Georgia, was sentenced by Chief U. S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to 18 months in prison for accepting a bribe from inmates at a privately operated federal prison in Folkston.

Stone pleaded guilty to one count of bribery for accepting $1,100 from inmates and their associates in exchange for cellphones, tobacco and other contraband.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Stone accepted money in 2015 for smuggling contraband items into Correctional Institution D. Ray James on multiple occasions.

The facility is operated under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

"This officer betrayed the public’s trust by using his official position to commit criminal acts," Acting United States Attorney James Durham said.