SC Prisons Employee Fired Over Inmate Escape

The inmate who escaped from a Dorchester State Prison earlier this week was captured in Texas today.46-year-old Jimmy Causey was apprehended at a hotel in Austin Texas early this morning. Earlier this week...investigators say Causey used wire cutters to

Columbia, SC (AP, WLTX) - 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.

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When he was found, officers say he had a semi-automatic handgun, a shotgun, ammo, four cell phones, and $47,000 in cash. 

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. They also believe he used a cell phone to coordinate efforts on the outside.

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

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

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