Palmer case to Grand Jury, Mitchell remains behind bars

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A New York State Police officer escorts suspended Clinton Correctional Facility guard Gene Palmer, left, from Plattsburgh Town Court in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Palmer is believed to have delivered tools inside frozen meat to two Clinton Correctional Facility inmates before they escaped on June 6. He faces charges including promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence, state police said. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP)

PLATTSBURGH, NY (NEWS 10) – One of the two people accused of helping in the escape will have his case heard by a Grand Jury.

Corrections Officer Gene Palmer is charged with promoting prison contraband and official misconduct in connection with the escape.

Police say he’s admitted to providing tools and other items to David Sweat and Richard Matt through hamburger meat that he smuggled into the prison.

His former attorney says he did not know the tools were in the meat, given to him by prison tailor Joyce Mitchell.

Joyce Mitchell, a tailor at Clinton Correctional, is also charged in the escape.

Authorities say she admitted to putting those hacksaw blades and drill bits into the meat to get it into the prison.

Officers say she had also planned to be a getaway driver for the men, but backed out when they talked about killing her husband.

Mitchell and Palmer both face the possibility of time behind bars.

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