Va. Prison Guard Convicted of Soliciting Violent Crimes

November 1, 2010

A federal jury in Richmond has convicted a former prison guard on charges of providing contraband to inmates and soliciting violent crimes.

U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride announced the conviction of 50-year-old Kevin John Erickson of Chesterfield County on Friday.

The jury found Erickson guilty of four counts and not guilty of two. He faces up to 35 years in prison at his Jan. 28 sentencing.

Prosecutors said Erickson allowed select inmates at the federal prison in Petersburg to charge other inmates for cell and bed assignments. He also smuggled in contraband for two inmates, who in return assaulted other prisoner's at Erickson's direction.

Erickson's attorney, Shannon Taylor, did not immediately return a phone message.

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