- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A former Anamosa correctional officer has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to over four years in prison for smuggling contraband and being a drug user while possessing a firearm on duty.

U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau announced Wednesday that 29-year-old Garrett Barton received a 57-month prison term. He received the sentence after pleading guilty in October to accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into the Anamosa State Penitentiary and of being a drug user in possession of firearms.

Barton smuggled two cellphones and controlled substances into the prison for inmates.

Court records show that in December Barton sought to reduce his prison term, but before sentencing he withdrew the request and agreed with the prosecutor’s sentencing range.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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