Former Willacy County prison guard sentenced to 18 months in prison

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A judge sentenced a former Willacy County prison guard to 18 months in federal prison Monday for bribery.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced former Willacy County prison guard Harry Cordero to 18 months in prison on the federal bribery charge, according to court records.

Cordero worked at the Regional County Detention Center in Willacy County, a private prison operated by Utah-based Management and Training Corp.

The company contacted the U.S. Marshals Service last year after an internal investigation involving Cordero, according to a statement provided by Management and Training Corp.

A grand jury indicted Cordero and another prison guard, Stephen Salinas, during November. They were accused of smuggling cell phones and alcohol to inmates.

Both Cordero and Salinas pleaded guilty to bribery charges.

The judge sentenced Cordero to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

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