Former Mo. prison officer to be sentenced on drug, weapons charge

Thursday, April 3, 2008

FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) -- A former corrections officer is out of jail on a $55,000 bond after entering an alford plea to drug and weapons charges.

The plea means 49-year-old Seth Barton of Lesterville does not admit guilt, but concedes prosecutors have enough evidence to get him convicted if the case went to trial.

Prosecutors charged Barton with felony drug possession with intent to distribute, and delivery and concealment of contraband and a weapon at a prison.

Investigators said employees of the state prison in Bonne Terre searched Barton's vehicle on prison property in February 2006. They found bags of marijuana, a loaded handgun, ammunition, a hunting knife, a jar of marijuana seeds, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,500.

Barton will be sentenced in June.


Information from KSDK, www.ksdk.com

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