A fourth person accused in connection with an operation to bring contraband into the federal prison medical center in Lexington has pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Keith Griffith, 35, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of conspiracy to bring contraband into a federal correctional facility and bribing a public official, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Griffith was an inmate at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington when the charges were filed. He was involved romantically with Stephanie Dukes of Louisville, who has pleaded guilty to bribing a public official in the case.
A person identified as J.S. collected money from inmate’s families and gave it to Dukes, who bought cellphones, dietary supplements, MP3 players and synthetic marijuana, according to court documents. The prohibited items were delivered to James Carrington of Winchester, who was a corrections officer at the prison at the time. Carrington has pleaded guilty to taking $11,500 in bribes.
Carrington would deliver the contraband to inmates Griffith and Amai Rawls, who distributed them to other inmates between May 2015 and August 2016, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Rawls pleaded guilty in June to taking part in the scheme.
Griffith will be sentenced Jan. 10, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He faces up to 15 years in prison.