A federal judge has scheduled a September sentencing for a former Delaware prison guard who was charged with smuggling drugs and cellphones to inmates at the maximum security prison in Smyrna in return for bribes.
Thomas Nadill Boyce Jr. pleaded guilty this week to three counts of conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right. Each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Boyce, who was arrested last year along with fellow guard Paul Hursey, was accused of conspiring with inmates and their associates to smuggle cellphones, heroin and marijuana into the prison in exchange for money.
Hursey pleaded guilty to a similar conspiracy charge last month. He is scheduled for sentencing in August.