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Clark man sentenced in federal bribery case

A Winchester man was among four people involved in a smuggling ring at a federal prison in Lexington.

The final suspect, inmate Keith A. Griffith, was sentenced Feb. 28 to four years in prison for bribery of a corrections officer.

The officer, James Carrington of Winchester, pleaded guilty in September in U.S. District Court to bribery of a public official and was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Co-defendant Stephanie Dukes pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months for bribery.

Inmate Amai Rawls pleaded guilty to conspiracy to introduce tobacco and cell phones into a federal corrections facility and was sentenced to five months.

According to court documents, Carrington was also ordered to forfeit $11,500 he received as payment for his role between May 2015 and May 2016.

Griffith directed Dukes to purchase a number of items including tobacco, cell phones, MP3 players, synthetic marijuana and weight supplements to be smuggled into the prison. Dukes then delivered the items and payment to Carrington, who would then deliver them to Griffith inside the facility.

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Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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