Guard at Forrest City Federal Prison in Trouble

MAY 19, 2006 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A former guard at the federal prison in Forrest City has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to accepting a bribe.

Xavier Livingston was arrested about a year ago on charges accusing him of attempting to smuggle contraband into the lock-up and taking a bribe to bring in the materials.

Livingston pleaded guilty in December to a charge of accepting a bribe, admitting that he took up to $10,000.  In exchange for his guilty plea, U.S. District Judge James Moody agreed to drop the charge of attempting to provide contraband.

In addition to the 18 months behind bars, Moodey sentenced Livingston to three years' probation, including 100 hours of community service during the first year.

According to an indictment handed up last year by a federal grand jury, the prohibited items involved included alcoholic beverages, slippers, pornographic magazines, sunglasses and cigarette lighters.

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