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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Former Corrections Officer Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison For Taking Cash to Smuggle Contraband into Facility

Second Former Officer Sentenced Last Week in Related Case

            WASHINGTON - Darren Malry, 52, a former corrections officer who worked for the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after earlier pleading guilty to a bribery charge for accepting money to smuggle contraband into the District of Columbia’s Correctional Treatment Facility.

            The sentencing was announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.; Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Thomas N. Faust, Director of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections.

            Malry, of Laurel, Md., pled guilty in October 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  He was sentenced on March 25, 2015, by the Honorable Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. After his prison term, Malry will be placed on two years of supervised release.

            According to the government’s evidence, Malry had worked for CCA as a corrections officer at the Correctional Treatment Facility.  CCA, a private company, has a contract to provide services to the Correctional Treatment Facility.

            On March 11, 2014, Malry met with an undercover FBI agent who gave him a cellphone, cigarettes, and rolling papers for Malry to deliver to an inmate housed at the Correctional Treatment Facility.  Malry also accepted $750 in cash at that meeting, given in exchange for Malry smuggling the contraband into the facility and delivering it to the inmate.

            Malry met again with the agent on April 21, 2014. At that meeting, the agent gave Malry cigarettes and several packages of a substance resembling marijuana. This time, Malry accepted $600 in cash, which was in exchange for Malry smuggling the contraband into facility for the same inmate. Malry subsequently was arrested.

            In a related investigation, another former Corrections Company of America officer at the Correctional Treatment Facility, Lenard Fleming, 34, pled guilty in November 2014, to a bribery charge.  He was sentenced last week to 27 months in prison.

            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director in Charge McCabe, and Director Faust commended the work of those who jointly worked the case, including agents from the FBI’s Washington Field Office, investigators from the District of Columbia Department of Corrections Office of Investigative Services, and investigators from the Corrections Corporation of America. They also commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Donna Galindo, Corinne Kleinman, and Angela Lawrence; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melinda Williams, Todd Gee, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Dillon, who assisted in the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Catherine K. Connelly, Allessandra Stewart, Arvind Lal, and Tom Swanton, who assisted with forfeiture issues. Finally, they expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard DiZinno, who prosecuted the case.

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Updated March 26, 2015