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S.C. Ex-guard shot in attack via inmate's cellphone to testify

5 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, March 23 2017 Mar 23, 2017 March 23, 2017 8:32 AM March 23, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

COLUMBIA - An ex-South Carolina corrections officer who was nearly killed in a shooting orchestrated by an inmate using an illegal cellphone wants federal authorities to help ensure nothing like it happens again.

Robert Johnson is expected to testify Thursday before the Federal Communications Commission about preventing inmate access to cellphones.

Johnson was an anti-contraband officer at one of South Carolina's most violent prisons in 2010 when he was shot six times outside his home. Police say an inmate used an illegal cellphone to order the attack.

Johnson has become an advocate for the use of jamming technology at state prisons. The FCC has said its hands are tied by a decades-old law saying the agency can grant permission to jam public airwaves only to federal agencies, not state or local ones.

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