A Kansas City man will spend 27 months in federal prison without parole for smuggling contraband, including cell phones, into the Jackson County Detention Center last year.

Marion Lorenzo “Cuddy” Byars, 36, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City to two years and three months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in December to violating the Travel Act by facilitating promotion of unlawful activity, specifically acceding to corruption.

Byers was among five people, including two jail guards, charged in the summer of 2017 in connection with smuggling banned items – cell phones and chargers, cigarettes and Xanax – into the jail in May and June.

Byers, who faced up to five years in prison, admitted that he delivered contraband to someone who got it to a guard, who was to deliver it to an inmate. The federal judge ordered that Byers' sentence be served consecutively to whatever revocation sentence might be imposed in state court as a result of Byers violating his probation for a DUI conviction in Buchanan County.

The four other defendants charged in the contraband case have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.