Former Playboy Playmate Colleen Shannon is facing 10 months behind bars after allegedly trying to smuggle her ex-con boyfriend into the U.S.

The model has been accused of attempting to sneak Robert Skojo, who recently served time in Canada on drug, prostitution and pimping charges, over the border into America in August (12).

And on Tuesday (18Jun13) the 35 year old appeared before a federal court in Syracuse, New York and pleaded guilty to aiding an illegal immigrant.

Shannon is due to be sentenced on 22 October (13), and faces up to 10 months in jail if convicted, according to the New York Daily News.