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Former corrections officer pleads guilty to contraband smuggling at Jackson County Detention Center

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A former corrections officer at the Jackson County Detention Center has pleaded guilty in federal court to her role in a conspiracy to smuggle contraband cell phones and other items to inmates there, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri

Jalee Caprice Fuller, a 30-year-old from Independence, pleaded guilty on Thursday in front of U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to the charge that stemmed from a July 18, 2017 federal indictment.

Fuller admitted that she conspired with other people, including an inmate at the Jackson County Detention Center, to smuggle contraband to inmates between May 2 and June 26, 2017.

Fuller also admitted that she actually smuggled contraband into the Jackson County Detention Center and delivered the contraband to an inmate.

Co-defendant Marion Lorenzo Byers, also known as “Cuddy,” is a 36-year-old from Kansas City. He pleaded guilty to the same offense on Dec. 6, 2017. By pleading guilty, Byers acknowledged that the federal conviction provides enough basis to revoke his current probation in an unrelated state case.

The government will try to have whatever sentence is imposed in this case run consecutively to whatever revocation sentence may be imposed in state court.

Under federal statutes, Fuller and Byers are each subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole. The actual sentencing will be determined by the court, however, at a later date.

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