Homicide

Arrested prison guard says he supplied tools, food but didn't know of inmates' escape plans

  • A member of Clinton Count Sheriff's department stand guard outside the Plattsburgh courthouse, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Gene Palmer, the U.S. prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers, admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger meat and access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    A member of Clinton Count Sheriff's department stand guard outside the Plattsburgh courthouse, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Gene Palmer, the U.S. prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers, admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger meat and access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, third from right, speaks to reporters, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Gene Palmer, the U.S. prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers, admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger meat and access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, third from right, speaks to reporters, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Gene Palmer, the U.S. prison guard charged in connection with the escape of two killers, admitted providing them with tools, paint, frozen hamburger meat and access to a catwalk electrical box, but claims he never knew they planned to bust out, authorities say. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York State corrections officers gather during a search for two escaped prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Malone, N.Y. Hundreds of searchers checked all-terrain vehicle trails and logging roads and went door-to-door in far northern New York trying to close in on David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped from the maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago. (Jason Hunter/The Watertown Daily Times via AP)  SYRACUSE OUT MANDATORY CREDIT

    New York State corrections officers gather during a search for two escaped prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Malone, N.Y. Hundreds of searchers checked all-terrain vehicle trails and logging roads and went door-to-door in far northern New York trying to close in on David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped from the maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago. (Jason Hunter/The Watertown Daily Times via AP) SYRACUSE OUT MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A prison guard who admits giving two inmates tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box says he didn't know the killers planned to break out, and investigators say they have no reason to believe he was knowingly involved in the plot.

Gene Palmer was released on $25,000 bail Thursday after his arrest on charges of promoting prison contraband, tampering with evidence and official misconduct. His lawyer says he'll plead not guilty.

Palmer says in a signed statement that he didn't realize his actions would make the convicts' escape easier.

Richard Matt and David Sweat have been on the loose since June 6.

Prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell stands charged with helping them escape.