Guards Fired over Escapes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Two guards have been fired and a supervisor has resigned after the October escape of two inmates serving life sentences for murder at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility, outside Meridian, Miss.

Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps said guard Tomeka Brown was fired for providing transportation from the Mississippi-Alabama line to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for escaped inmates Gregory Malone and Christopher Roy.

Malone and Roy fled Oct. 17, 2005, and were captured about 24 hours later at a hotel in Northport, Ala., just outside Tuscaloosa.

Epps said Brown apparently had a personal relationship with Malone.

Brown, who was indicted last month, is charged with aiding an abetting the inmates. She is free on a $100,000 bond.

Malone and Roy both have been indicted for escape. Authorities said the two inmates used a saw blade to cut their way out of the facility.

Epps said another guard was fired after an investigation determined she had not physically counted inmates to ensure they were in the cells.

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