Crime & Courts

Inmate with ‘No Fear’ tattoo captured after escaping from SC prison, officials say

An inmate who escaped from a South Carolina prison over the weekend was captured early Monday morning, the Department of Corrections said.

Shane Adams walked away from Livesay Correctional Institution and Reentry Center Sunday, the SCDOC said in a news release.

The 39-year-old was last seen at the prison at 11:30 a.m., according to the news release. After his escape, prison officials cancelled visitation for the rest of the inmates Sunday.

When describing the fugitive prisoner, SCDOC said Adams had a tattoo that said “No Fear” on his upper right arm.

Less than 24 hours after escaping, Adams was captured, according to the news release. SCDOC said he was found at about 3 a.m. at a friend’s home in Spartanburg County.

After Adams was captured, SCDOC announced an employee at Livesay had been fired and arrested in connection with the inmate’s escape.

Orbadella Garrett, a food service employee at Livesay, was charged with providing contraband to an inmate and criminal conspiracy, according to a news release. She used her bra to smuggle tobacco into the prison, according to arrest warrants.

Adams was serving a 15-year sentence for first-degree burglary from Chester, SCDOC spokeswoman Chrysti Shain told The State. He had also served concurrent five-year sentences for third-degree burglary and grand larceny convictions in 2010, prison records show.

Livesay is a minimum-security prison that houses “non-violent inmates who are within 36 months of release,” according to the SCDOC.

Adams was transferred to Livesay in May, and had been incarcerated at the facility a number of times for medical reasons, prison records show. He would have been eligible on Christmas Day 2021, according to prison records.

Adams had never attempted to escape from prison in the nine years he has been behind bars, and was only disciplined twice — for possession of contraband and possession of a cellphone — prison records show.

In addition to his original conviction, now Adams faces more time behind bars after being charged with escape, SCDOC said.

If convicted on the escape charge, Adams faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, according to South Carolina law. The new punishment will be added on to what remained from his prior conviction.

Adams is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.