SC inmate captured after 2nd prison escape

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Authorities were still trying to determine how Causey made his latest escape from the sc prison.

SC prison officials say cell phones and possibly a drone were used to help a Lieber Correctional inmate escape from the facility Tuesday night. He then escaped by using wire cutters to cut through the wire fences at Lieber Correctional Institution, Stirling explained.

Causey was arrested at about 4 a.m. Officers say they went into the room and found a pistol, a shotgun and more than $47,000 cash in the hotel room.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections said in a Twitter message that 46-year-old inmate Jimmy Causey was in custody.

Causey was initially sentenced to life in prison on kidnapping charges after a home invasion in 2003. According to the Post and Courier, he and fellow inmate Johnny Brewer "used toilet-paper heads made by other prisoners" to escape Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia in 2005. When the food arrived at their motel, the pair instructed a delivery woman to put it on a table and take the money they had left there.

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This was the second time Causey had escaped from a prison. After receiving word of his escape, officials verified at around 2 p.m. on July 5 that he was missing. "Everyone that assisted him will be brought to justice", he said. Causey had an 18-hour headstart before prison guards verified he had escaped, according to a timeline Stirling released Friday.

He was able to use wire cutter to cut through the fence and get outside. 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. During that time, he managed to travel about 1,200 miles to Texas, where he was caught at 4AM sleeping in a motel.

Causey will be brought back to SC and will be housed at a maximum security facility. He also urged the federal government to get involved and establish laws to prevent future similar prison breaks.

Stirling did not reveal Causey's current location but said he will be transported to a high security prison.

"It's senseless to me", SLED Chief Mark Keel said of the Federal Communications Commission's stance on not blocking cell phone signals at state prisons and jails.