AL - A former Tutwiler prison guard has pleaded guilty to a criminal civil rights charge for taking 500-dollars from an inmate's family member to remedy a bogus disciplinary charge.
Leura Garrett Canary, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, said 30-year-old Katrina Manuel of Montgomery entered the guilty plea yesterday in connection with her conduct at the prison in September 2003.
Manuel admitted today in open court that the disciplinary charge never existed and said she lied about the charge to obtain money from the inmate's family member. A sentencing date will be set later.
Manuel faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of no more than $100,000. Canary described her prosecution and guilty plea as -- quote -- "a warning to those who misuse their positions in government for personal gain."