Former Avoyelles Correctional Center warden Nate Cain, ex-wife Tonia, sentenced in federal corruption case

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The former Avoyelles Correctional Center warden, Nate Cain, and his ex-wife, Tonia Bandy-Cain, who is the former business manager at the prison, have both been sentenced to federal prison terms in a corruption case that dates back to 2016.

Nate and Tonia Cain | Photo Source: KALB

Cain was sentenced on Monday morning in the U.S. District Court for the Western District in Alexandria to 38 months in prison on each of the two counts he pleaded guilty to in March of wire fraud related to the purchase of gun parts. The plea came mid-trial, just as his ex-wife was about to testify against him. The sentence will be served concurrent.

Judge Dee Drell also called for restitution in the amount of $42,501.95. That amount will be paid with his ex-wife. The rest of the personal purchases were seized by the state. Cain will report to prison on July 22. When he is released, he will be on supervised release for two years.

Cain's attorney, John McLindon, made five objections to the government's pre-sentence report, all of which were denied by Judge Drell. Luke Walker, the state prosecutor in the case, also called Bandy-Cain to testify, where she claimed Cain would give her and Jodie Bordelon, the other defendant in the case, a list of personal things to purchase with the state credit card.

"He told me to purchase for the prison and extra for the house so we could justify it," said Bandy-Cain.

Before Judge Drell announced a sentence, Cain addressed the court one last time.

"I want to say I lived by entire adult life to not be where I am today," said Cain. "I made myself a failure to my God, Lord Jesus Christ."

Cain also addressed his ex-wife who testified against him on the day of the sentencing, "I love that woman more than anything in the world. The worst thing I've ever experienced in my life was having Tonia come in here and do that to me."

Bandy-Cain was then sentenced to 8 months in prison on a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after pleading guilty in July 2018. Bandy-Cain will also report to prison on July 22. When she is released, she will also be on supervised release for two years.

Bandy-Cain was represented by federal public defender Cristie Gibbens. In an emotional letter to the court, Bandy-Cain apologized for her wrongdoing, mentioning the ways she's given back to the community in the past few years, including working for a volunteer fire department.

"I worked and worked until I got my family back together," Bandy-Cain said. "And, I have never looked back."

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke Walker and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Ayo.

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