Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie tells PEOPLE Mitchell did not seem worried the escaped killers would turn on her

By Michael Miller
June 15, 2015 09:30 PM
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Joyce Mitchell was not afraid of retribution from the two convicted killers she allegedly helped escape from prison after she failed to act as their getaway driver.

“She gave them the tools that helped them break out,” Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie tells PEOPLE. “Then she was going to drive both escapees in the getaway car.”

Despite failing to pick up the convicts after their escape, Mitchell continued about her business for two days without fearing for her own safety.

“Based on my reading of the statements she made to law enforcement, she did not express that concern,” Wylie says.

As for why Mitchell failed to pick up the prisoners, Wylie speculates that, “She had a moment where she realized, ‘What am I doing?’ She realized this was not something she wanted to do.”

While not fearing for her own life, Mitchell was allegedly aware that escapees Richard W. Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, had plans to murder her husband, Lyle.

At a court hearing in New York on Monday, Mitchell was charged with a felony count of promoting contraband, and a misdemeanor count of criminal facilitation.

“On the felony count, Ms. Mitchell is charged with providing blades, chisels, drill bits and other tools that helped the inmates break out of prison,” Wylie explains.

According to the District Attorney, “She was previously investigated on suspicion of having a personal relationship with David Sweat. At the time, there was not enough information to charge her or remove her from her position at the prison.”

After the escape, law enforcement officers contacted her, and “she cooperated in the sense that she came in to the police barracks to discuss her involvement. She gave additional [interviews] through Thursday. On Friday, law enforcement took her into custody,” Wylie adds.

If convicted, Mitchell could face seven years in prison.

Meanwhile, Matt and Sweat continue to elude capture.

Reporting by SUSAN KEATING

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