A former Upstate prison guard has been sentenced, but will avoid any additional prison time after he admitted providing inmates with impressions of keys to help them escape.
Jeffrey Miller, 25, of Enoree was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, which the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports was suspended to time served and four years supervision. He had previously pleaded guilty in January to misconduct in office and burglary.
Miller was a corporal at medium-security Tyger River Correctional Institution in Spartanburg County when authorities began investigating him last year. SLED investigators said he gave Styrofoam impressions of a housing unit’s master key to one inmate, and outlines of a key to a back door to another inmate. The Department of Corrections says it discovered the drawings and impressions, changing the locks before any escapes were attempted.
The 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said Miller’s fingerprints were eventually linked to a pair of 2008 Spartanburg-area burglaries.
Circuit Judge Mark Hayes warned Miller he would face additional prison time if he violated the probation.