Ohio corrections employee fired over inmate escape

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio corrections employee has been fired over the escape of an inmate serving a life sentence for rape, officials said Monday.

James Miracle was fired from his job as a building construction superintendent at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in northern Ohio, effective Friday, according to a firing document released by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

A home phone listed for Miracle rang unanswered Monday.

The document said Miracle failed to properly supervise tools at the prison, falsified forms and forged signatures on maintenance inventories, which "compromised or undermined the security of the institution" and helped inmate James David Myers escape.

On July 3, Myers used a pickax to break into a storage area and get three ladders, which he used to escape over three security fences. He was arrested the next day after people in a general store who recognized Miracle tackled him and tied him up.

Myers, 47, was transferred to the higher-security Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

Myers, formerly of Mogadore, is serving a life sentence stemming from his 2010 conviction on kidnapping, rape, aggravated burglary and other charges out of northeastern Ohio's Summit County. Prosecutors alleged he raped an Akron woman at gunpoint and forced her to consume cocaine, and an appeals court upheld his conviction, according to court records.