Former Diboll prison guard accepts plea deal for smuggling tobacco into prison

Joshua Rhodes (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Joshua Rhodes (Source: Angelina County Jail)

A former prison guard with the Diboll prison unit pleaded guilty to felony charges of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional institution and bribery Tuesday.

Joshua Landon Rhodes, of Lufkin, appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded "open to the court," said Assistant District Attorney Layne Thompson. As a result, the Angelina county Adult Probation Department will conduct a pre-sentencing investigation.

The punishment hearing for the case will likely be in four to six weeks, Thompson.

According to the affidavit, Rhodes, a correctional officer with two years of tenure, was caught with three baggies of tobacco at the Diboll prison unit on Jan. 17. Two of them were inside of his shoes and one inside his pants near his crotch area.

According to the affidavit, Rhodes admitted to The Office of Inspector General Investigators that he provided the tobacco to an inmate at the cost of $300.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.