RCDC Guard Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A now-former guard at the Reeves County Detention Center faces up to 15 years in prison for smuggling cell phones to inmates.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 49-year-old Sylvia Castillo Chairez of Pecos pleaded guilty Thursday to accepting bribes.

Sentencing is expected in about 90 days. Chairez could also be fined up to $250,000.  Chairez, in the plea agreement, indicated she received about $4,300 in bribes wired from friends and relatives of inmates between November 2007 and May 2008.

She smuggled cell phones into the unit for prisoners in federal custody serving time for drug and immigration violations.