Two former private prison guards plead guilty to bribery
Two former private prison guards who worked in Willacy County have pleaded guilty to bribery.
Stephen Salinas and Harry Cordero — who worked for Utah-based private prison company Management and Training Corp. — pleaded guilty to bribery.
Cordero pleaded guilty on Dec. 21, according to federal court records. He's scheduled for sentencing on March 27.
An attorney for Cordero didn't respond to a written request for comment.
Salinas pleaded guilty on Jan. 3, according to federal court records. He's scheduled for sentencing on April 11.
An attorney for Salinas wasn't available for comment.
Both men face three to 10 years in federal prison.
Salinas signed a plea agreement providing new details about the bribery allegations.
During the investigation, Salinas admitted accepting about $2,000 for smuggling cell phones and gallon jugs of alcohol to inmates, according to the plea agreement. An inmate, though, told the U.S. Marshals Service that Salinas received $3,000 to $4,000. The inmate said Salinas provided six cell phones, MP3 players and alcohol to inmates.