NY prison female employee arrested in convict escapes

Female employee of New York prison arrested allegedly for helping two murderers escape

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

New York State Police said on Friday a female employee has been arrested allegedly for helping the two convicted murderers escape from maximum security  facility.

Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, whose absence were discovered during a routine morning check on Saturday, are thought to have escaped between late on Friday and early on Saturday from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, a maximum security prison.

Joyce Mitchell, 51-year-old female employee, is an industrial training supervisor at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. She is suspected of having smuggled contraband into the prison where the two murderers were discovered missing last weekend.

New York State Police issued a statement and said she is charged with promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation, both felonies.

Matt was convicted for kidnapping, torturing and killing a businessman, with a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, the maximum for second-degree murder.

Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole for shooting then running over a sheriff’s deputy. He pleaded guilty to first degree murder to avoid the death penalty.

They slipped through holes cut into steel walls and a steam pipe, and popped out of a manhole in the street.

Authorities haven’t informed yet about what kind of contraband the female employee smuggled into the prison, located about 32 km south of the Canadian border.

TRTWorld and agencies