Inmate escapes from maximum-security prison for 2nd time

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Authorities are looking for an inmate they believe has made his second escape from a maximum-security South Carolina prison.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sommer Sharpe says officers began searching Wednesday afternoon for Jimmy Causey, an inmate at Lieber Correctional Institution, about 90 miles southeast of Columbia.

Causey has now escaped from two different prisons in a dozen years. He and another inmate escaped Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia in 2005 by hiding in a trash truck. They were captured three days later.

Sharpe says authorities began looking for Causey just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.

A wanted poster posted to the Department of Corrections’ social media accounts describes Causey, 46, as having a medium build with blue eyes and brown hair. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 177 pounds and has a one-inch scar on the left side of his chin.

No other details have been released.

Causey was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 after he was convicted of holding Columbia attorney Jack Swerling and his family at gunpoint in their home.

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