A former guard at the Youth Detention Center in south Augusta admitted Friday that he brought marijuana into the facility for a juvenile.
Devin M. Lott, 24, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and violation of oath by a public officer. Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced Lott to 10 years probation under the First Offender Act.
Normally, Jolly said, such crimes should result in some jail time but granted the defense’s request for probation because of Lott’s family situation.
Lott’s mother and nephew were killed in a recent automobile crash and his sister, who was driving, was severely injured and needs Lott’s help with daily living activities, said defense attorney Chadwick Medlin. Lott, who earned an associate’s degree, had only worked at the detention center for two weeks.
Assistant District Attorney McKenzie Gray told the judge a contraband search of the facility March 1 found six grams of marijuana . It was traced back to Lott who admitted he brought it in exchange for $40 from one of juveniles.
Lott’s attorney told the judge that he had let some of the juveniles have special privileges and they used that to coerce him into bringing in the marijuana.
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