Former corrections officer who helped Dannemora prisoners released early

A New York State Police officer escorts suspended Clinton Correctional Facility guard Gene Palmer, left, from Plattsburgh Town Court in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Palmer is believed to have delivered tools inside frozen meat to two Clinton Correctional Facility inmates before they escaped on June 6. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP)

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former corrections officer who helped Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora has been released early from prison, CNN sources say.

Although Gene Palmer was sentenced to six months in prison, he was only there for four. Sources say he was released early for good behavior.

Palmer smuggled in tools that helped Matt and Sweat escape from the prison in northern New York. The two criminals were on the run for more than three weeks before Matt was fatally shot and Sweat was captured.

Palmer’s sentence was part of a plea deal where he admitted to three of five charges against him.

Joyce Mitchell, who also smuggled in tools in an effort to help the convicts escape, is serving up to seven years in prison. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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