Former worker at Federal Correctional Institution in Florence sentenced to prison

Suzette Parsons worked as librarian

DENVER - A former federal prison worker accused of smuggling tobacco to inmates for cash has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Suzette Parsons was sentenced in federal court in Denver last week, after pleading guilty last year to bribery of a public official.

Parsons was a library technician at the Federal Correctional Institution in Florence before resigning in August 2011.

According to a plea agreement, Parsons would provide tobacco to certain inmates, who would sell the contraband to other inmates and provide a kickback to Parsons. Investigators said she received more than $14,000 in bribes over a three-month period to provide tobacco and synthetic marijuana to inmates.