Guard charged in NY prison escape posts bail

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, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state corrections officer charged in connection with the escape of two murderers from a maximum-security prison has bailed himself out of an upstate jail.

Officials at Clinton County Jail in Plattsburgh say 57-year-old Gene Palmer was released around 12:30 a.m. Thursday after using a credit card to pay his $25,000 bail.

Authorities charged Palmer on Wednesday night with promoting prison contraband, tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct.

He works at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where 35-year-old David Sweat and Richard Matt pulled off their daring escape June 6. They remain at large Thursday, which is Matt’s 49th birthday.

Authorities say Palmer delivered tools inside frozen meat to the inmates. His lawyer says Palmer didn’t know tools were hidden inside the meat.

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