Clinton Correctional Facility Corrections Officer Gene Palmer pleaded guilty in court on Monday.
The judge sentenced Palmer to 6 months in jail and total fines and surcharges of $5,375 relating to charges stemming from the escape of two prisoners David Sweat and Richard Matt from the Clinton Correctional Facility in June.
Palmer was taken away in handcuffs following Monday’s hearing.
The New York Inspector General issued this statement following Palmer’s change of plea and sentencing:
“This disgraced corrections officer’s disregard for the laws and rules guiding his profession underscores his criminal culpability in the systemic breakdown of security that led to last summer’s escape of two convicted killers. His actions made him a key enabler for the convicts’ escape plans and helped illuminate many of the procedural failures throughout Clinton Correctional Facility that I have been thoroughly investigating to help make sure it never happens again.”
Palmer last appeared in court in January.
Palmer initially pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the escape.