WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Four Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown correctional officers have been suspended without pay for negligence in connection with the Jan. 17 escape of a convicted murderer, prison officials announced Tuesday.
The suspension began early last week. Prison officials would not release the names of the suspended officers.
Each of the four officers, three males and one female, were cited for negligence in the performance of duties. They were suspended for five to 15 days.
Kandelario Garcia-Ramos scaled two fences between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. the day of his escape. He was captured five days later when a clerk at Sheetz at U.S. 40 and Md. 66, east of Hagerstown, called 911 to report a suspicious man loitering in the store.
Evidence of Garcia Ramos' escape was discovered Jan. 17 at about 8:15 a.m., prison officials said in a news release.
The evidence was clothing on one of the fences the inmate scaled, said Rick Binetti, executive director of communications for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.