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Corrections Employee Arrested: 2nd Person Charged in Escape

By    |   Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 08:41 AM

A second corrections employee at the New York prison where two murderers escaped earlier in June has been charged with helping them.

Corrections officer Gene Palmer faces four charges – two felony counts of tampering with evidence, felony promoting prison contraband and official misconduct, reported the Plattsburgh Press Republican.

 


Authorities continued their investigation into the escape of inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt, who both remained on the run as law enforcement chased hundreds of leads to their whereabouts.

Joyce Mitchell, the first Clinton Correctional Facility employee charged in the escape of Sweat and Matt, is believed by authorities to have hidden hiding hacksaw blades, drill bits and a hole punch inside raw beef that she brought into the facility, reported NBC News.

Palmer, 57, had admitted passing on the meat to the inmates without testing it, said NBC News, but he claimed he didn't know it concealed the items. Andrew Brockway, Palmer's attorney, said his client has cooperated with the investigation.

According to the Press Republican, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie charged that between November 2014 and June 6 Palmer "introduced (to the inmates) a needle-nosed plier and flathead screwdriver," but added that he had "no knowledge that those were connected with the escape."

Authorities claim that Palmer took the escaped inmates on the catwalk behind their cells to fix a fuse box because a hot plate wasn't working, but Wylie said that was "inappropriate" not illegal.

Wylie said Palmer accepted paintings from Matt and Sweat, which did violate prison rules, and then tried to destroy the paintings after the inmates broke free from the facility.

Palmer's charges came as the search for Sweat and Matt neared three full weeks, according to the New York Daily News.

"We've received reported sightings each day and we have investigated every one," Major Charles Guess of the New York State Police told the Daily News. "So far, none of the sightings have been substantiated. But we continue to assure the public that any sighting or lead that is reported will be investigated until exhausted."

 


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