Wife 'helps' convicts escape in plot to murder husband

Prison shop instructor accused of helping two convicted killers break out from jail, said to have discussed a murder plot against her husband with escaped prisoners

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A prison worker, Joyce Mitchell, who is charged with helping the escape of two murderers from a maximum security prison in upstate New York had discussed with them a plot involving the killing of her husband, confirmed by officials on Wednesday.

Andrew Wylie, the Clinton County district attorney, spoke at a press conference on Wednesday claiming that Joyce Mitchell had a discussion with the prison breakers Richard Matt and David Sweat about a plan for killing her husband, Lyle Mitchell.

Husband and wife Joyce and Lyle Mitchell both work at the Clinton correctional facility in Dannemora, New York.

The runaway prisoners escaped from the maximum-security prison near the Canadian border on June 6.

Police expanded the search on Wednesday for the murderers beyond a 16-square-mile area of woods, fields and swamps, but the prison breakers have not yet been caught.

Mitchell has plead not guilty on charges that she provided tools to help Sweat and Matt bust out of their cells.

Sweat, 35, faced a life sentence for the killing of a sheriff’s deputy. Matt, 48, was doing 25 years to life for the kidnap and torture of his former boss.

According to officials, the escapees used special tools to slit open the backs of their cells, gradually broke through a brick wall, a steam pipe and slid through it and successfully reached the outside.


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