By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
A Selma man, already convicted and sentenced to 17 years in prison for robbing a South Alabama bank two years ago, was ordered to serve an additional 30 months after admitting that he bribed an Escambia County Detention Center officer while being held in the facility.
Stanley Young, 34, entered a guilty plea to the federal bank robbery charge in June. While being held in the local jail, Young received a cell phone from a corrections deputy, Lakerdra Shanta Snowden, who also made several purchases of the inmate. Snowden entered a guilty plea earlier this year to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and is serving an 18-month sentence.
Court documents show that Young made a $4,000 down payment on a 2011 Infinity G37 sports car for Snowden and also allowed her to access his Cash App account to make $2,266 in purchases.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office uncovered the illicit relationship between Young and Snowden after jail staff confiscated the cell phone she had smuggled into the jail inside her socks.
A search of the inmate’s Facebook account showed messages he had sent to others, explaining how he had begun a relationship with the guard. Investigators also discovered photographs of Young, in his jail uniform, posing with the corrections officer.
According to court documents, Snowden and Young also discussed the possibility of Snowden selling marijuana to people on the outside of the jail. It was not disclosed whether or not she ever did so.