Ex-Nevada prison guard takes plea in smuggling case
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A 31-year-old former Nevada state corrections officer faces up to four years in prison and five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty in a case alleging he smuggled and sold contraband tobacco to inmates.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said Michael Ford pleaded guilty Tuesday in state court in Las Vegas to felony misconduct of a public officer.
Sentencing is set Oct. 22 before Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish.
Authorities say Ford was arrested in May in Effingham, N.H., during a routine traffic stop. He was extradited to Nevada as a fugitive on warrant charges of gross misconduct of a public official, receiving a bribe and conspiracy to commit unauthorized communication with a prisoner.
Investigators say they believe Ford fled after the investigation began in January.