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Prosecutors: Inmates smuggled in gun, hoping for early release

Posted February 6, 2009

— A judge gave an inmate an extra 10 years' jail time Friday for smuggling a gun into a prison in a plot to get early release.

Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Fox sentenced Craig Lamont Butler, 36, for obtaining contraband while in prison.

Prosecutors argued that Butler and other inmates at Butner Federal Correctional Institution conspired to smuggle a firearm into the prison. They buried the firearm and planned to alert authorities about it and blame other prisoners in the hopes of getting their sentences reduced.

On April 9, 2006, Butler and another inmate told guards about the firearm, but their accusations against other inmates were not believed, prosecutors said.


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  • CSMs Alter Ego Feb 6, 2009

    Make sure you wear gloves when you're handling that gun, ewwwwwww.

  • doyoubwn Feb 6, 2009

    Isn't it illegal for a felon to posses a firearm? Maybe we need ANOTHER law, so that INCARCERATED felons cannot get firearms!


  • La_Grange_Dude Feb 6, 2009

    He deserves another 10 years for being so STUPID

  • thompson409035 Feb 6, 2009

    How in the world did they get a gun to begin with??? Do they acutally get the gun in the prison??? WOW!!!

  • Just the facts mam Feb 6, 2009

    How can they smuggle a gun in???????