UPDATE: Inmate caught with more than $47,000 in cash has returned to the Palmetto State

UPDATE: South Carolina (WJBF) – Convicted Kidnapper Jimmy Causey is back in South Carolina.

Causey was found in Texas after escaping a maximum security prison.

He waived an extradition hearing and was transferred from Texas to Columbia Wednesday.

Since he was found, an employee at Lieber Correctional Institution has been fired in connection to Causey’s escape.

UPDATE: SOUTH CAROLINA (WJBF) – The man accused of escaping a South Carolina prison in July has waived extradition.

Authorities say Jimmy Causey was captured Friday, July 7 in Austin, Texas.

They say Causey had two guns, four cell phones and $47,000 dollars in his possession.

Officials believe Causey fled Lieber Correctional Institution using wire cutters apparently carried by a drone.

A prison employee has been fired in connection to Causey’s escape but officials have not said why.

UPDATE: SOUTH CAROLINA (WJBF) – Jimmy Causey was arrested last Friday, July 7 in Austin, Texas.

Officials say he had two guns, a cellphone and more than 47,000 dollars in cash on him.

They say he used a dummy to look like he was sleeping in his prison cell.

Then he used wire cutters to get through the fence of Lieber Correctional Institution.

Authorities believe a cell phone and a drone were used in the escape.

A drone professional says drones have the ability to carry and drop off items that weigh about five pounds.


(Columbia, SC)

A prison employee has been fired in connection with the escape of an inmate from a maximum-security South Carolina prison.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Corrections say the employee was fired from the state agency on Friday after the escape by 46-year-old inmate Jimmy Causey. No other details were released.

Causey was captured at around 3 a.m. Friday at a motel in Austin, Texas. He had been on the run since 8 p.m. Tuesday, when authorities say he used a homemade dummy to fool officers into thinking he was still in his bed.

Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said Friday authorities believe Causey used wire cutters that had been delivered by drone to cut through a series of wire fences at Lieber Correctional Institution near Charleston.

Causey escaped from a prison in Columbia in 2005 and was captured three days later.

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