A former Oklahoma County Jail nurse has been sentenced for smuggling cell phones into the jail.
Raini Rubottom, 25, was a certified medical assistant and "med passer" for the jail's contracted medical provider. She was accused of delivering two contraband cell phones to inmates in two cells as she was passing out medications. An investigator looking into the delivery of contraband into the jail noticed Rubottom spending three minutes--"a lengthy amount of time to distribute meds"--at two cells on March 28, 2016.
Rubottom admitted to giving an inmate two cell phones that day, and she also admitted to delivering a cell phone to the same inmate a month prior. She says the inmate paid her $200 for the first phone.
The former jail nurse pleaded guilty last week to one felony count of possession of contraband in a penal institution. Oklahoma County District Judge Timothy Henderson sentenced her to 8 years of probation and a $1,000 fine. She was sentenced in accordance with a plea agreement.
Judge Henderson gave the defendant a deferred sentence, which means that she serves probation instead of jail or prison time. If she successfully completes her probation, then her case will be dismissed and her court records updated to reflect a plea of not guilty. In other words, if she complies with all the terms and requirements of her probation, then her case will not end in felony conviction.
However, if she fails to adhere to the terms of probation in a deferred sentence, the district attorney could file a motion to accelerate sentencing. He will present evidence showing that she is not doing what she is ordered to do (or is doing things she is ordered not to do), and a judge may then accept the guilty plea and convict her of the felony. Once convicted, she faces the possibility of the full sentence allowed by law--she will not receive "credit" for any time served on probation. Possessing contraband in a penal institution is punishable by one to five years in prison.