Prison employee arrested after inmate escape

South Carolina News

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say the arrest of a South Carolina prison food service employee on a contraband charge appears to be related to an inmate who escaped for about 14 hours.

Arrest warrants say 58-year-old Orbadella Garrett was taken into custody Sunday trying to smuggle $400 of tobacco into Livesay Correctional Institution in Spartanburg in her bra.

That same day, Corrections Department spokeswoman Chrysti Shain says 39-year-old Shane Adams walked away from the minimum-security work release prison. He was recaptured about 14 hours later near a friend’s house in Spartanburg County.

Shain’s statement did not say how the cases are related.

Garrett is charged with providing contraband to an inmate and criminal conspiracy. It wasn’t known if she had a lawyer.

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