Guard accused of aiding NY prison escapees due in court

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New York State Department of Corrections officers search the railroad tracks after a possible sighting of the two murder convicts who escaped from a northern New York prison two weeks ago, Sunday June 21, 2015, in Friendship, N.Y. State police said a woman on Saturday reported spotting two men who resembled the convicts near a […]

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A guard who was accused of inadvertently helping two killers escape from a northern New York prison is scheduled to appear in court on charges.

Authorities have said that Gene Palmer admitted providing Richard Matt and David Sweat with tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, but that he never knew they planned to bust out.

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

His attorney says Gene Palmer will be in Clinton County Court for arraignment.

Attorney William Dreyer and District Attorney Andrew Wylie are declining to discuss the case ahead of Wednesday’s proceeding.

Matt was shot and killed. Sweat was wounded and caught.

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