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Second Prison Worker Charged in Escape Plot / Auburn Prison Locked Down

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A second prison employee has been charged in connection with the escape of convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat.

Gene Palmer

Gene Palmer

State Police have arrested 57-year-old Gene Palmer of Dannemora on charges including first-degree promoting prison contraband, two counts of tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct.

According to CNN, Palmer smuggled tools encased in frozen meat to the “honor block” where the two men were housed.

Authorities say Palmer was working in concert with Joyce Mitchell – a prison worker who allegedly had a relationship with Matt.

Mitchell has already been charged with helping the escapees.

Meanwhile, the Auburn Correctional Facility remains on lock down.

Prison officials say the lock down came last Friday after “the discovery of information related to the safety and security of the facility.”

They would not elaborate, but say staff and inmates are safe.

A complete search of the prison and its inmates is underway.

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