A second Clinton Correctional Facility has been arrested in connection with the escape of two convicted killers nearly three weeks ago.

Authorities say 57-year-old prison guard Gene Palmer of Dannemora faces four charges for allegedly helping David Sweat and Richard Matt break out of the maximum-security facility.

According to state police, Palmer has been charged with two counts of tampering with physical evidence. He also was charged with promoting prison contraband and official misconduct.

Investigators say Palmer is accused of bringing frozen meat into the prison. Tools were said to have been hidden inside the meat. Police believe Sweat and Matt used the tools to clear the path to freedom.

Palmer was arrested late Wednesday. He was being held in the Clinton County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Palmer is the second prison employee charged in connection with the escape. Prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell was arrested after she allegedly provided help to Sweat and Matt.

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