Prison Guard Gave Escaped Inmates Tools Frozen in Hamburger Meat

A maximum-security prison guard accused of delivering frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped will be arraigned Thursday on charges of promoting prison contraband and other offenses.
Gene Palmer, 57, is accused of providing a screwdriver and needle-nose pliers to Richard Matt and David Sweat four times before the pair escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. Palmer, in return, received paintings from the inmates.