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Escape-artist fugitive used wire cutters dropped from a drone to escape maximum security prison

July 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Escape-artist fugitive used wire cutters dropped from a drone to escape maximum security prison

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South Carolina prison officials revealed that a serial fugitive utilized wire cutters and cell phones that were dropped from a drone as part of a bold escape plan, which also included firearms, a dummy, and over $47,000 in cash.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections posted on Twitter Friday that inmate Jimmy Causey, 46, was apprehended in Texas after a second prison break from a maximum-security facility that lasted over two days.

Texas Rangers received a tip and recaptured Causey at around 3 am after he was discovered sleeping in a motel in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, The Post Courier reported.

Authorities are now looking into how Causey’s escape on Tuesday night from Lieber Correctional Institution was not detected for 18 hours, Bryan Stirling, the South Carolina Corrections Director, announced at a news conference on Friday.

Jimmy Causey is seen in a new mugshot from authorities in Williamson County, Texas, where he was captured June 7

It was Causey’s second escape from a prison in South Carolina after being sentenced to life behind bars 13 years ago for holding an attorney at gunpoint in his home.

Authorities have indicated that the man didn’t feel the defense lawyer did enough to keep him out of jail in the 1990s.

The first time, Causey and another prisoner were hiding in a garbage truck leaving the facility and were arrested three days later after a woman who delivered pizza to a motel called 911 because she believed the man looked suspicious.

The second time, Causey had a meticulous plan, organizing his escape with a smuggled phone and cutting through four fences with wire cutters, likely dropped to him in the yard from a drone, Stirling indicated.

Causey was found sleeping in a motel in Cedar Park, Texas, located about 1,200 miles west of the South Carolina prison

Similar to the first escape, the 46-year-old tricked guards by placing a dummy in his bed. He left around 8 pm on July 4th, but no one realized he was gone until 2 pm the following day.

Detectives are trying to ascertain how the fugitive obtained $47,654 in cash. WCSC reported that he also possessed a semi-automatic gun, a pump shotgun and ammunition, four phones and an ID card, according to State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel.

After his first capture, Causey was kept in South Carolina’s most secure, super-max facility but he was eventually allowed to return to the prison’s general population.

Causey and another prisoner, convicted killer Johnny Brewer, escaped Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia in 2005 by hiding in a truck. The two evaded captured for three days before being apprehended at a motel.

Brewer was discovered two years later, hanging from a bed sheet in his prison cell.

Causey was sentenced to life behind bars in 2004 after he was found guilty of terrorizing Columbia lawyers Jack Swerling and his family in their residence.

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