- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A former tower guard at a maximum-security Iowa prison has been sentenced to 17 months behind bars for being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Ethan Darrow will surrender later to begin serving the sentence issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Linda Reade, who also ordered a $5,000 fine.

Federal authorities announced charges against the 29-year-old and three other former guards in October.

Darrow pleaded guilty after admitting that he was a regular user of marijuana and cocaine in 2014. As a tower guard, he carried a semi-automatic assault rifle.

Former officer Garrett Barton is awaiting sentencing on federal charges of extortion and being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Two other former guards were sentenced to two days of jail on state drug charges.

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