Former Northpoint corrections officer expected to change plea

DANVILLE — A former corrections officer at Northpoint Training Center who is accused of bringing contraband onto prison property is scheduled to change his plea next month, according to court records.

Jesus Cabrera, 38, pleaded not guilty to first-degree promoting contraband, the count that was handed down in September by a Boyle County grand jury. Court records indicate Cabrera will change his plea June 16 before Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler.

It is unclear whether Cabrera will plead to an amended charge. Cabell Francis II of Stanford, Cabrera's attorney, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Cabrera was arrested at Northpoint on July 28. An arrest citation said he was found with 12 blue pills thought to be the prescription drug Diazepam, which is used to relieve anxiety and is a muscle relaxant.

The Kentucky Department of Corrections fired Cabrera on Aug. 4, spokesman Todd Henson said.

Cabrera was one of the corrections officers on duty Aug. 21, 2009, when a fiery riot broke out at the prison near Burgin.

Cabrera identified more than 100 inmates who he said participated in the riot. Cabrera is listed in state documents as identifying at least six of 10 inmates who have been indicted in the riot.

Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms has said repeatedly that none of the pending cases against inmates relies on one guard's testimony.

Five of Northpoint's six dormitories were damaged in the riot. In addition, eight corrections officers and eight inmates were injured, and five buildings used for food service, sanitation, visitation and canteen services were destroyed.