A former guard at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth was sentenced Monday to two years on probation for taking bribes, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.

A former guard at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth was sentenced Monday to two years on probation for taking bribes, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.

Michael Harston, 53, Kansas City, Missouri, also was ordered to serve six months home confinement and pay $4,800 in fines, according to the release from the office of Tom Beall, acting U.S. attorney for Kansas.

Harston pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to accept bribes and one count of accepting bribes. In his plea, he admitted to accepting bribes to provide inmates with tobacco, which is contraband. Inmates coordinated with their families and friends outside the prison to pay Harston. They paid Harston as much as $1,000 for one six-ounce can of Bugler loose tobacco, according to the release.