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Ex-SC guard sentenced for helping with escape

SPARTANBURG (AP) — A former South Carolina prison guard has been sentenced for providing inmates key impressions to help them escape.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that 25-year-old Jeffrey Miller of Enoree was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, which was suspended to the time he had served.

Miller resigned as a corporal at medium-security Tyger River prison in Spartanburg County when authorities began investigating him last year.

Miller previously pleaded guilty to charges including misconduct in office and burglary. Authorities say 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 drawings and impressions were confiscated, and the locks were changed before escapes were attempted.

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