Bribery of a Public Official resulted in a 15-month term for a Cameron man. Casey Covington pleaded guilty to the allegation on July 8, 2021.
Motivated by greed, Covington, 46, was a correctional officer for the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina (FCI Butner), when three detainees bribed him to bring contraband into the facility.
According to court records and other evidence produced in court. Between 2019 and 2020, three convicts, Christopher Lee Davis, Antonio Demond Byers, and Robert Henry Huitt, utilized their outside contacts to pay Covington more than $31,000. It’s highly unlikely that this was all he got though.
Payments from the convicts’ outside contacts were discovered while examining Covington’s financial records. Covington used his position as a correctional officer to smuggle marijuana, mobile phones, beer, and cigarettes into FCI Butner and then transfer the contraband to Davis, Byers, and Huitt in exchange.
Huitt pled guilty to Possession of Contraband in Jail on July 21, 2021, and was sentenced to an extra six months in prison, which will run concurrently with his present term.
Byers pleads guilty to Possession of Contraband in Prison and Aiding and Abetting on September 21, 2021. The sentence is still pending.
Davis also pled guilty to Possession of Contraband in Prison and Aiding and Abetting on October 6, 2021. In addition, he is awaiting punishment.
After Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II sentenced Michael F. Easley, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Department of Justice and the Office of Internal Affairs of the Federal Bureau of Prisons investigated the case, prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Dodson.
Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or PACER by searching for Case No. 5:21-CR-00085-M.
This story is just one of many that show the quality and true nature of the BOP. They have strict rules that they expect every inmate to live up to, while systematically breaking the rules themselves.