SC prison officials discover escape plan, move inmates

McKinley Lee Daniels, 34, of Loris, is charged with two other men in connection with the separate fatal shootings of two Horry County convenience store clerks last year. (Courtesy: WBTW)

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW) — Three men accused of robbery and murder have been moved to a maximum security facility after a written plan of escape from one of the suspects was discovered.

“We are continuing to review our security measures as a result of the planned escape and have made adjustments to the physical security design of the facility to enhance our overall security posture,” Tom Fox, the director of the J. Rueben Long Detention Center in Conway, said.

The three men are accused in connection with the separate fatal shootings of two Horry County convenience store clerks last year.

Fox could not discuss how they planned to escape because he did not want others to know how officials were able to find out about the information. He said it would cause a security threat and prevent the ability to conduct investigations.

He said the suspects were moved to the Lee Correctional Institute through the state’s “Safekeepers” program, a transfer requires the approval of the governor.

Fox said it’s been done just four times over the past 16 years.

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