Gene Palmer

Major Charles Guess (retired)
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On June 6, 2015 two convicted murderers escaped from the maximum security prison at Dannemora.  The search for David Sweat and Richard Matt fell under the jurisdiction of New York State Police Troop B, commanded by Major Charles Guess.  Now retired, he has written a book about the 23-day manhunt.  In this second part of an interview, he recounts his first walkthrough of the prison with Governor Andrew Cuomo on the first day of the search.

One year after two convicted murderers escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, the New York State Office of the Inspector General released a scathing report on how the prisoners made their escape from the maximum security facility. 

Monday marks one year since New York’s North Country was upended by a massive manhunt for two escaped murderers.  We look back at the 23-day search for Clinton Correctional Facility inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat.

Gene Palmer leaves court after pleading guilty on Monday.
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The last of the court proceedings in Clinton County dealing with the escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt from the maximum security Clinton Correctional facility last June was settled this morning. In the end, one inmate is dead, one is back behind bars, and two former prison employees have been sentenced to jail time.

Photo of Clinton Correctional
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The New York Inspector General spent much of Monday meeting with the only corrections officer charged in the aftermath of the escape from the Clinton Correctional facility in June.

Gene Palmer at November court appearance
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The prison guard facing five charges for his involvement with two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora this summer was in court Wednesday to enter his plea.

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Suspended corrections officer Gene Palmer was arraigned in Clinton County Court Wednesday on charges related to his role in the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility last June.

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A guard accused of inadvertently helping two killers escape from a northern New York prison has pleaded not guilty to felony charges.

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A lawyer for an upstate New York prison guard arrested after the escape of two inmates says his client had no knowledge they were trying to break out and didn't know meat he gave them had contraband hidden inside it.