HOUSTON – A 28-year-old man from Houston has entered a
guilty plea to bribery of a federal employee, announced Acting U.S. Attorney
Abe Martinez along with Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the
Jacoby Derrell Randall first came to the attention of law
enforcement in early 2017. At that time, authorities had received numerous
reports that prison guards were smuggling contraband into the Joe Corley
Detention Facility which houses federal inmates. The investigation revealed
that Randall was smuggling various contraband into the prison, including food,
various electronic devices and marijuana.
During the plea today, Randall admitted he smuggled various
contraband in exchange for bribes in violation of his official
“The FBI is dedicated to investigating allegations of public
corruption at any level,” said Turner. “Public corruption erodes the public’s
confidence in our democracy and will not be tolerated.”
Sentencing has been set for Feb. 12, 2018, before U.S. District
Judge Lynn Hughes. At that time, Randall faces up to 15 years in federal prison
as well as a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He was permitted to remain on bond
pending that hearing.
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant United States
Attorney Julie N. Searle is prosecuting the case.