SC prison employee fired after inmate escape

Jimmy Causey
Jimmy Causey

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A prison employee has been fired in connection with the escape of an inmate from a maximum-security South Carolina prison.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Corrections say the employee was fired from the state agency on Friday after the escape by 46-year-old inmate Jimmy Causey. No other details were released.

Causey was captured at around 3 a.m. Friday at a motel in Austin, Texas. He had been on the run since 8 p.m. Tuesday, when authorities say he used a homemade dummy to fool officers into thinking he was still in his bed.

Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said Friday authorities believe Causey used wire cutters that had been delivered by drone to cut through a series of wire fences at Lieber Correctional Institution near Charleston.

Causey escaped from a prison in Columbia in 2005 and was captured three days later.

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