Former Anamosa Prison Guard Sentenced for Drug Use

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A former tower guard at the Anamosa State Penitentiary has been sentenced to 17 months behind bars for being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Ethan Darrow of Anamosa will surrender later to begin serving the sentence issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Linda Reade, who also ordered a $5,000 fine.

Federal authorities announced charges against the 29-year-old and three other former Anamosa prison guards in October.

Darrow pleaded guilty after admitting that he was a regular user of marijuana and cocaine in 2014. As a tower guard, he carried a semi-automatic assault rifle.

Former officer Garrett Barton is awaiting sentencing on federal charges of extortion and being a drug user in possession of a firearm. Two other former Anamosa prison guards were sentenced to two days of jail on state drug charges.

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