A former Jackson County corrections officer from Independence pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to her role in a conspiracy to smuggle contraband to inmates in the Jackson County jail.
Jalee Fuller, 30, pleaded guilty to a charge from July 18, 2017, indictment for violating the federal Travel Act, in this case using a phone to further unlawful activity. She admitted that she conspired with others, including an inmate, to smuggle contraband to inmates between May 2 and June 26, 2017. That contraband included a cell phone, a charger and Xanax pills.
Fuller had been among those arrested during early morning sweep of the jail in late June following a federal investigation.
A co-defendant, 36-year-old Marion Lorenzo “Cuddy” Byers of Kansas City, pleaded guilty to the same charge last month. Fuller and Byers will be sentenced at a later date. Under federal sentencing guidelines, they each are subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole.