- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A former guard at the federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas, has admitted in federal court that he accepted bribes to smuggle tobacco to inmates.

Forty-seven-year-old Marc Buckner of Kansas City, Kansas, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of being a public official accepting bribes.

Authorities have said Buckner received more than $200,000 in bribes while he worked at the prison from 2005 to 2014. The U.S. attorney’s office alleges Buckner got about $750 each time he smuggled tobacco into the prison.

Prosecutors say Buckner hid the contraband tobacco and rolling papers in two handmade insoles in his shoes and carried out the smuggling once or twice a month.

A sentencing date was not immediately set. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

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