PLATTSBURGH, NY – New York’s Clinton County jail is filling up, but not with escaped prisoners.
Veteran prison guard Gene Palmer is the second prison employee behind bars in connection with the June 6 break out at the Clinton Correctional Facility.
Palmer is charged with promoting dangerous prison contraband, tampering with evidence, and official misconduct.
Investigators say he carried in frozen hamburger embedded with tools used by Richard Matt and David Sweat. Palmer worked in the honors block that held the two convicts.
Investigators say he was acting at the request of jailed former prison tailor Joyce Mitchell who may, or may not, have been having sex with one or both inmates.
"He was conned by Joyce Mitchell,” said Andrew Brockway, Palmer’s attorney. “She duped him. He knows that he made a mistake and that he shouldn't have done what he did."
Police searched Palmer’s house and found tools he gave to at least one prisoner.
"There is information that he allowed them to go into the back of the cells, in the catwalk area and fix the breakers that were there,” said Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.
Earlier this week, Erik Jensen, a former con who did time with matt and sweat, said Sweat and Mitchell had sex about 100 times over around six months. But she says she never got sweaty with Sweat.
However, she apparently told investigators that she and Matt were doing it before she found out her two guys wanted to kill her husband after they broke out.
Tune in next time for another installment of “Fifty Shades of Prison Grey.”