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Prison for former correctional officer who smuggled phones, drugs

A former D.C. jail correctional officer was sentenced to a year in prison Friday for accepting bribes and bringing drugs and cell phones to inmates.

In addition to his prison sentence, D.C. Superior Court Judge Florence Pan placed Ryan Motley, 24, on a year of probation. Motley pleaded guilty to bribery and bringing unlawful contraband into the jail in July.

According to prosecutors, between August 2010 and Nov. 23, 2010, Motley had conversations with inmates in which he agreed to smuggle marijuana and cellular telephones into the jail for them.

Motley said he received between $1,700 and $1,800 in exchange for the deliveries. During the period, Motley distributed 10 phones to inmates and brought marijuana into the jail on at least six occasions.

Motley was discovered on Nov. 23, 2010, after another correctional officer found two phones and chargers hidden in Motley’s protective vest.

Authorities later found 78 grams of marijuana in the bedroom of Motley’s Maryland home.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.


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