SCDC: Lieber inmate located armed in Texas motel

Marie Harrington
July 9, 2017

He escaped around 8pm on July 4, but prison officials didn't realize he was gone until 2pm the next day, Stirling said.

Prisoners have previously been caught receiving items from others that are delivered via drone, and now one prisoner has topped them all: he managed to escape from a maximum-security prison in sc thanks in part to a drone.

Causey escaped from the Lieber Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in Ridgeville, SC.

In 2005, while serving his sentence at Broad River Correctional Institution, Causey and another inmate used dummies made of clothes and toilet paper to mislead guards. High-powered defense attorney Jack Swerling, who defended Causey in a previous case, was duct-taped and held at gunpoint. And so we just encourage our federal officials to help us and help our citizens and keep our state safe by banning these cell phones and allowing us to block them in our state prisons. During that time, he managed to travel about 1,200 miles to Texas, where he was caught at 4AM sleeping in a motel. Causey was found with a semiautomatic pistol, a pump shotgun, extra ammunition, four cellphones, and $47,654 in cash.

"Everyone who assisted him - we intend on bringing them to justice as well", State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel said in a statement.

This was the second time Causey had escaped a SC prison.

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It's the second time Causey escaped.

Authorities in SC believe a drone may have been used to deliver Causey the wire cutters he used to cut through four fences at the institution.

Officials are investigating how Causey came into possession of so much money.

The pair eluded authorities for three days before being apprehended at a motel along busy Interstate 95. Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said the man used a cell phone to get help from the outside. Officials are still probing exactly what happened leading up to and following the escape.

Stirling, who for years has spoken out about the dangers posed by inmates' access to illegal cellphones behind bars, has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to jam cell signals at SC prisons. Last month, six correctional officers were rescued after an attempted confiscation of an inmate's cellphone prompted a fight at a different prison in SC.

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