Former prison guard faces jail timeUPDATED 10:15 PM HST Mar 18, 2014Video Transcript
Now to our other top story, a man who was supposed to be watching prison inmates, will now be joining them behind bars. Good evening, I'm Yunji de Nies. And I'm Kenny Choi. Smuggling drugs, accepting bribes...a prison guard thought he was getting away with all of that, all the while, he was being watched. KITV4's Brenton Awa has our top story tonight. Good guy turned very bad...Halawa prison guard James "Kimo" Sanders was indicted back in January on multiple counts of conspiring to distribute methamphetami ne. Investigators say this is where the corrections officer did business... Smuggling large amounts of Ice into the Halawa Correctional Facility. Sanders could have faced life- in-prison if convicted of the most serious charges... Instead -- his plea change means he could serve up to 50- years behind bars, at minimum... Five years. As part of the plea deal -- Sanders admitted to distributing more than five-grams of pure meth -- and accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into the prison. Sanders allegedly smuggled 55-grams or more of meth into Halawa from October through November of last year. There were a lot of eyes on Sanders activities -- including the FBI -- HPD -- the IRS and the Department of Public Safety. In a statement from the department -- Director Ted Sakai says... "WE HOPE THAT THIS CASE WILL SHOW OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR HARD WORKING AND DEDICATED EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC WHO EXPECT US TO WEED OUT THESE TYPES OF ILLEGAL AND DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES." As part of Sanders plea agreement, prosecutors will dismiss remaining counts after sentencing - which is scheduled for June 26th. In a separate but similar case, another prison guard -- Mark Damas is scheduled to go on trial April 15th to face allegations he smuggled meth into the correctional facility as well.