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East Texas Prison Guard Sentenced For Bribery

A former state prison correctional officer in Rusk County has pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe from an inmate. Richard Sykes, who worked at the East Texas Treatment Facility in Henderson smuggled ten cans of Grizzly Wintergreen snuff pouches to the facility in exchange for $100 and a promise of an additional $5,000. He received a two-year suspended prison term, ten years on probation and a $5,000 fine.