Mexican National Residing in Bakersfield Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Illegal Cockfighting in Violation of the Animal Welfare Act
FRESNO, Calif. — Correctional officer Ramon Cano, 28, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy to provide and possess contraband in prison, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, between November 2013 and February 27, 2014, while working at the Taft Federal Correctional Institution, Cano conspired with inmate Gerardo Alvarez-Montanez, 32, to smuggle cellphones, cash, alcohol and controlled substances into the federal prison in return for cash.
Cano is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on December 15, 2014. On June 23, 2014, Montanez pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to provide and possess contraband in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 15, 2014.
Both defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentences, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Brian K. Delaney is prosecuting the case.