Former prison guard sentenced to 17.5 years for meth smuggling conspiracy

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A former cook supervisor at the U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy has been sentenced to 17-and-a-half years in prison, after pleading guilty to trafficking meth at the prison.

Hank Williams, 56, of Weeksbury, pleaded guilty to distributing meth, accepting a bribe and using a communication device to facilitate a felony. He admitted to conspiring with inmate Librado Naverette to distribute meth in the prison and accepting bribes from several inmates.

Navarette has also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in October.