SC prison employee fired after inmate escape

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.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) –  Investigators say an inmate who escaped for a second time from maximum security prisons in South Carolina used wire cutters that were likely dropped from a drone.

State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said 46-year-old Jimmy Causey was arrested around 4 a.m. Friday as he slept in a motel room in Austin, Texas.

Keel says Causey had a pistol, a rifle and more than $47,000 in cash when he was caught after more than two days on the run in a well-planned escape.

Weapons and cash seized by several agencies in Cedar Park,
Texas. [Courtesy of Texas DPS]
South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says Causey used a cellphone to arrange his escape, and a drone likely dropped the wire cutters Causey used to cut through four fences at the Lieber Correctional Institution on July 4.

Stirling says Causey was likely gone from prison for six hours before guards noticed a dummy was placed in his bed.


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Department of Corrections reports that escaped inmate Jimmy Causey has been captured. According to their report, “Escaped inmate Jimmy Causey was apprehended this morning (July 7) at 3:05 a.m. by Texas Department of Public Safety.

A reward was being offered for information leading to the capture of an inmate who has escaped from a maximum-security prison in South Carolina for a second time.

Authorities discovered the convicted kidnapper was missing Wednesday afternoon from Lieber Correctional Institution. No details on how he escaped have been released.

Causey was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 after he was convicted of holding a Columbia attorney and his family at gunpoint in their home.

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