Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 20, 2014

Former prison employees plead guilty to bribery


Mineral Wells Index

— By CHRISTIN COYNE | Lone Star News Group

WEATHERFORD – Two former prison employees who worked for the now-closed Mineral Wells Pre-Parole Transfer Facility pleaded guilty to bribery charges earlier this month.

According to court records, Carl James Guittard, 36, and Terrie Elaine Glover, 49, were indicted on charges and each received a $1,000 fine, 240 hours of community service and 10 years probation.

Indictments allege at least 10 people offered or conferred money on prepaid debit cards to Guittard, Glover or both, and the two illegally provided tobacco products to inmates in the facility.

A state prosecutor called the bribery investigation extensive due to the number of people involved.

Sixteen former inmates and others were also indicted as part of the bribery and contraband investigation and many cases remained pending Friday in district court.

Others recently sentenced in connection with the case include:

• Mark Covington, 10 years deferred adjudication probation on a charge of bribery and a $1,500 fine.

• Dustin Baker, 10 years deferred adjudication probation on a charge of bribery and a $1,000 fine.

• Humberto Cavazos, 10 years deferred adjudication probation on a charge of bribery and a $1,000 fine.

• Walter Eugene Merideth Jr., 10 years deferred adjudication probation on a charge of bribery and a $1,000 fine

• Christopher Reid, pleaded guilty to bribery and received two years in jail.

The 2,100-bed minimum security facility, closed July 30 after funding was cut by the Texas Legislature, was operated by Corrections Corporation of America and housed state inmates.