Inmate Breaks Out of Max-Security Prison. Again

SC inmate is extremely dangerous, police say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2017 2:25 AM CDT
Inmates Escapes Maximum Security for 2nd Time
South Carolina authorities issued this "Wanted" poster after the escape.   (SC Dept. Corrections)

Police in South Carolina say they're searching for an inmate who's extremely dangerous—and has managed to break out of a maximum-security prison for the second time since he began serving a life sentence in 2004. Jimmy Causey, 46, has been missing from the Lieber Correctional Institution since around 2pm Wednesday, the AP reports. In his previous escape, he broke out of the Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia in 2005 with convicted murderer Johnny Brewer by hiding in a trash truck. After three days on the run, they were recaptured at a motel 100 miles away on Interstate 95 when a pizza delivery driver recognized them and tipped off authorities.

Residents near the Ridgeville, SC, prison have been urged to "remain vigilant, keep vehicles and homes secured" while the search continues. Causey, who first went to state prison for grand larceny in 1992, is serving a life sentence for kidnapping prominent Columbia attorney Jack Swerling and his wife and daughter, the Post and Courier reports. He held the lawyer—who had represented him in previous cases—at gunpoint and demanded money. During the trial, the court heard that Swerling had managed to get reduced sentences for Causey on two occasions in the 1990s, but Causey still held a grudge about having been sent to prison at all. (More prison break stories.)

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