April 16, 2024
The doorway to the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa. File picture

A former guard on the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa who accepted bribes in trade for smuggling a gold-and-diamond dental grill into the jail for an inmate was sentenced Thursday to 2 years in jail.

Benito Jamar Hugie pleaded responsible to accepting money to smuggle gadgets out and in of the San Diego County jail for inmate Shawn Brown.

In keeping with Hugie’s plea settlement, Brown used a contraband cellphone to rearrange the acquisition of a customized bejeweled dental grill from a Texas- based mostly jeweler.

Hugie introduced dental molds into the jail, then introduced imprinted dental molds out, which had been delivered to the jeweler. Hugie acquired money for shifting the molds out and in of the jail, in addition to for smuggling the finished grill in for Brown, his plea settlement states.

Hugie’s protection legal professional, Douglas Brown, wrote in a sentencing memorandum that his consumer has no prior legal document, served within the army for 10 years and was extremely unlikely to re-offend.

“Mr. Hugie has taken an enormous step backward in his life, changing into too near a number of the inmates he was tasked with monitoring,” Brown wrote. “There’s a sense they noticed him as weak and simple to use. That’s no excuse, because it was his obligation to be an trustworthy correctional officer.”

At his sentencing listening to, Hugie stated what occurred was “really idiotic” and stated “I’ve misplaced a lot, be it from household or pals.”

U.S. District Decide Cathy Bencivengo stated that whereas the gravity of the offense was undercut by the “ridiculousness of the contraband concerned,” she stated the state of affairs “units a tone that undermines your entire system.”

Shawn Brown was additionally indicted alongside together with his brothers, Daejohne Hatcher and Demetrius Warsinger, and all three have pleaded responsible.

Court docket paperwork state Hatcher and Warsinger delivered funds to Hugie and the jeweler. Brown is slated for sentencing subsequent month, whereas Hatcher and Warsinger have every been sentenced to credit score for time served.

–Metropolis Information Service