Former Eastern Correctional Institution Officer Gets 46 Months For Racketeering Conspiracy


Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Friday a former Eastern Correctional Institution officer was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy.

Judge And JuryTwenty-eight-year-old Xavier Holden of Salisbury, Maryland conspired with 79 others, including 35 inmates, 27 outside “facilitators” and 17 correctional officers, to smuggle contraband, such as cellphones, tobacco and narcotics, into the prison, according to court documents.

Holden was assigned to Housing Unit 1, when he joined the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services in October 2012. Holden accepted bribes from inmates for contraband he smuggled into ECI. Between August 2014 and June 2015, he delivered K2 and tobacco twice a week.

He would deliver the smuggled contraband to inmate, Samuel Johnson.

Inmates named in the case include:

  • Joseph Branch (42 months)
  • Shawn Benbow (46 months)
  • Jamar Hutt (41 months)
  • Mark Lance (27 months)
  • Samuel Johnson (29 months)
  • Kevin Stanley (27 months)
  • Michael Page (47 months)
  • Kevin Thompson (57 months)
  • Deven Matos (41 months)
  • Stewart Gough (50 months)
  • Ramel Chase (33 months)

Facilitators named in the case include:

  • Markayla Reynolds (1 year and 1 day)
  • Reggie Fosque (24 months)
  • Keish Barksdale (1 year and 1 day)
  • Elvia Hall (21 months)
  • Antoine Gray (24 months)
  • Rose Thomas (21 months)
  • Marcus Lisbon (65 months)
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