Former corrections officer targeted in hit via inmate's cell phone to testify

Former corrections officer targeted in hit via inmate's cell phone to testify

By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former South Carolina corrections officer who was nearly killed in a shooting orchestrated by an inmate using an illegal cell phone is asking federal authorities for help to make sure nothing like it happens again.

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

South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling tells The Associated Press he's going with Johnson to Washington to meet with members of Congress.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai toured a South Carolina prison last year and is looking into the issue.

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