A man who snuck out of Atlanta's federal prison — and was caught sneaking back in with a duffle bag full of Jose Cuervo tequila and Newport cigarettes— has pleaded guilty to escape.
Justin B. Stinson escaped the minimum security camp "solely to smuggle contraband back inside it," said U.S. Attorney John A. Horn.
According to a news release, Stinson, 37, was serving time on a conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On the night of Feb. 3, law officers saw Stinson climb through a hole in the prison's inner fence and then clamber over the outer fence. He walked up to a nearby stopped car and was handed a duffle bag and was walking back toward the prison when FBI officers surrounded him.
They found a cellphone, two 1.75 liters of Cuervo, two cartons of cigarettes, four boxes of Black and Mild cigars and various food items, along with a pair of scissors, the release stated.
A federal grand jury indicted Stinson on Feb. 14 on charges of escape and contraband smuggling. He pleaded guilty to one count of escape.
"This case shines a light on a recurring problem with prisoners leaving the camp, which creates safety concerns in the surrounding neighborhoods as well as within the camp itself when inmates return with contraband to feed a thriving black market," Horn said in the release.
Stinson's sentencing is set for June 28.