Former Hays State prison officer pleads guilty, gets probation

Former Hays State prison officer pleads guilty, gets probation

November 5th, 2015 by Tyler Jett in Local Regional News

Jessica Taylor Nabors

Jessica Taylor Nabors

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A prison officer accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a convicted murderer pleaded guilty this week to a lesser charge.

Jessica Taylor Nabors, who was 19 when the incident took place, will be on probation for one year after she pleaded guilty to a charge of violation of oath by a public officer. She also had to pay a $500 fine, according to her plea agreement. However, the district attorney's office dropped a felony charge against her of sexual assault of an inmate at a correctional facility.

According to an indictment, Nabors met with Jermontae Moss at Hays State Prison between 1 and 3:30 a.m. on May 26. She kissed him and allowed him to touch her breasts and buttocks. Nabors was his prison officer at the time, a violation of the law — even if the inmate consents.

Multiple Hays State officers told the Times Free Press soon after the arrest that Nabors and Moss were together in the "day room," a security concern for the prison. The day room is an area of the prison with couches and TVs, an area off-limits in the early morning hours.

This issue did not come up in Nabors' indictments.

Her attorney, McCracken Poston, said Nabors has a new job away from the prison.

Moss has been in prison since 2012, when a Henry County, Ga., jury convicted him of murdering a convenience store clerk during an attempted robbery.

Contact staff writer Tyler Jett at or at 423-757-6476.