Guard says he helped es­capees

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

A prison guard charged in con­nec­tion with the es­cape of two killers ad­mit­ted pro­vid­ing them with tools, paint, frozen ham­burger in which to hide the tools, and ac­cess to a cat­walk elec­tri­cal box, but says he never knew they planned to break out, author­i­ties say.

Gene Palmer was re­leased on $ 25,000 bail af­ter his ar­rest on charges of pro­mot­ing prison con­tra­band, tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence and of­fi­cial mis­con­duct.

Palmer, 57, be­came the sec­ond Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity em­ployee to be charged since Richard Matt and David Sweat used power tools to cut their way out of the max­i­mum- se­cu­rity prison in New York near the Cana­dian bor­der. They were dis­cov­ered miss­ing June 6.

Prison tai­lor shop in­struc­tor Joyce Mitchell, 51, stands charged with help­ing them break out.

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