October 10, 2014
Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez
Masto announced that Re’Ann Atkinson (also known as Re’Ann Gadson), 33, of Las
Vegas was sentenced on Tuesday for bribing a public officer in the prison cell
phone smuggling case involving Ammar Harris. Co-defendant Derrick
McKnight, 36, of Las Vegas, formally entered a plea of guilty in arraignment
court for his role in the scheme on Wednesday.
“Bribing a public officer and smuggling a cell phone are serious offenses
that may compromise the security of those in and out of prison,” said Masto.
Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Douglas Herndon sentenced Atkinson to 18
to 48 months in the Nevada Department of Corrections on two counts of bribery of
a public officer, a category “C” felony.
Atkinson was part of a broad scheme in which inmate Harris sought to have
cellular phones brought into the prison for his use. Atkinson’s role was to
purchase the phones at Walmart and make arrangements with other co-defendants to
have them brought in along with food and drink items. Atkinson delivered chicken
wings and vodka to an officer to pass off the contraband.
The sentence will run consecutively due to her extensive felony record.
Atkinson was on probation in two other cases at the time she participated in the
phone smuggling scheme. Atkinson will remain at the Clark County Detention
Center where she was already being held for an unrelated drug charge until she
completes that sentence, at which time she will be transferred to the Nevada
Department of Corrections where she will begin her sentence in this case.
McKnight will be sentenced on Dec. 8, 2014 by Eighth Judicial District Court
Judge Kathleen Delaney for bribery of public officer. He is currently
serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for the 2006 murder
of former professional basketball player Kenneth Hardwick.
To read the criminal complaint for Atkinson, click
here. To read the criminal complaint for McKnight, click
These cases are being prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Karen A. Whelan.