ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - An Orangeburg man has been charged with conspiring to kill a South Carolina prison guard wounded in a hit authorities have said was orchestrated behind bars with an illegal cellphone.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says 29-year-old Sean Echols, arraigned Thursday, conspired to kill Captain Robert Johnson in exchange for $6,000.
Johnson was a Corrections Department veteran who oversaw efforts to keep contraband like cellphones out of Lee Correctional Institution.
In 2010, he was shot six times at his Sumter home, and police say an inmate used a cellphone smuggled into prison to organize the hit.
Johnson retired in 2011 and is currently suing cellphone companies he says could have blocked inmates' phone calls but didn't.