Guard faces time for smuggling items

Posted: February 18, 2013

TRENTON - A longtime corrections officer at Trenton State Prison who smuggled in cellphones and other contraband to inmates will now be behind bars himself.

Sterling Duckett of Sicklerville was sentenced Friday to a five-year prison term and ordered to forfeit his job. But as part of his plea deal with the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, he will be immediately eligible to seek parole.

Duckett, 46, was a corrections officer for 14 years when he was indicted in 2010. He had faced charges of official misconduct, bribery, and smuggling for bringing items such as cellphones, drugs, and escape tools into the maximum-security facility. He had no previous criminal record. His attorney said he was "manipulated" by the inmates.

- AP

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