A former guard at the Augusta State Medical Prison pleaded guilty Monday to taking marijuana into the prison to sell to inmates.
Dequarius Blount, 23, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to violation of oath of office and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Judge Sheryl B. Jolly sentenced Blount to five years on probation under the First Offender Act. As part of the sentence, Blount will serve 120 to 180 days in a state detention facility.
Blount was stopped and searched Feb. 14 after he repeatedly set off the metal detector, said Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms. He was found with 27.9 grams of marijuana.
Blount had no prior criminal history, but due the seriousness of the conduct, Syms recommended some type of confinement.
Defense attorney Travers Chance asked the judge to consider a straight probation term. Blount spent four years in the Reserves and worked at the prison for a year and a half. Because of his poor judgment, Blount lost his job and his certification to serve as an officer, Chance said.
Blount apologized for embarrassing himself, his family and his friends. He lost a career he had worked hard for, Blount said.
Since 2013, at least nine other people have been charged with trading with inmates to bring contraband inside locked facilities in Augusta.
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