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.