Guard accused of helping inmates escape on trial

May 19, 2010 3:17:09 PM PDT
The trial has begun for the Cook County Jail guard accused of helping seven dangerous inmates escape four years ago.

In opening statements Wednesday, prosecutors told jurors Darin Gater admitted the jailbreak was part of a plan to embarrass then-sheriff Michael Sheahan.

Gater's attorney said his client was a helpless victim who was attacked without warning.

All seven inmates were arrested the day they escaped.