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Eight sentenced in bribery scheme

Four jailers left to be punished

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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 1:00 am

Several more people were sentenced in connection with a federal lockup bribery scandal in which jail employees were accused of giving inmates banned goods in exchange for cash.

In total, eight of the accused jailers from the Community Education Center received federal prison time as well as three years supervised release after their federal sentences. One jailer received probation.

Dennis Newsome was sentenced to 33 months. Jazmine Cruz was sentenced to one year and one day. Valerie Arenivas was sentenced to 15 months. Jonathon Meza was sentenced to 18 months and given a $5,000 fine. Nancy Morales was sentenced to two years. Matthew Williams was sentenced to 27 months. Gabriel Navarette was sentenced to 33 months. Ashley Clark was sentenced to three years probation.

Previously, Charlette Smith had been sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison with three years supervised release.

Jennifer Lopez had her sentencing reset for 2:15 p.m. Aug. 29. Jovanna Olivarez had her sentencing reset for 9:45 a.m. June 27. Barbara Garrett had her sentencing reset for 10 a.m. July 1. Jessica Smith had her sentencing reset for 2:45 p.m. June 26.

The jailers were arrested and indicted in January and could each face up to 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The Community Education Centers jail is located on the second and third floors of the Ector County Courthouse and houses federal inmates.

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