A South Carolina prison guard has been charged with helping inmates make imprints of keys that could have been used in an escape attempt.
24-year-old Jeffrey Miller, a corporal at the Tyger River Correctional Institute outside Enoree, was arrested after investigators said he admitted providing inmates with impressions and plans for keys. According to Spartanburg County Sheriff’s deputies, Miller has been charged with two counts each of misconduct in office and aiding an escape.
A report from the South Carolina Department of Corrections says Miller provided Styrofoam impression patterns of a master key for one of the prison’s housing units to inmate James Robinson. Robinson is currently serving a 12-year sentence for kidnapping.
Miller is accused of also providing drawn outlines of another key to 30-year-old Maurice Harvey, who is in prison on a 20-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.
According to the report, Miller admitted to the charges in a signed statement. He previously resigned from the prison on June 28 when an investigation began, according to Corrections Department officials.
The report did not give a motive for Miller’s actions.