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Ill. Jail Guard Charged for Aiding Escapees

Feb 15, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

After six inmates escaped from an Ill. jail late Saturday night, Darin Gater, a guard on duty at the time, told authorities he was restrained and threatened as inmates ran amuck, the Associated Press reports via

Then he decided to let investigators in on the truth and admitted that he helped the inmates escape, in order to embarrass outgoing Cook County, Ill. Sheriff Michael Sheahan and to influence the upcoming sheriff’s elections, the AP reports.

Thirty-six-year-old Gater will face felony charges on Wednesday, after being slapped with two counts of aggravated battery of a correctional officer, aggravated arson, escape and official misconduct, according to the AP.  He is also charged with possession of a homemade knife in a penal institution and possession of a cell phone in a penal institution, Cook County state’s attorney spokesperson John Gorman told the AP.  Both the cell phone and the knife are considered to be contraband.

For CSO’s previous coverage of the incident, read All Six Ill. Jail Escapees Corralled.

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