The 51-year-old also used baked goods to convince prison officials to do favors for her

By Tara Fowler
Updated October 05, 2016 06:19 PM
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Joyce Mitchell, the prison tailor who’s been arrested for allegedly helping convicted murderers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, escape from jail, smuggled tools to the inmates in frozen hamburger meat, a new report says.

The 51-year-old used baked goods to convince prison officials to do favors for her, including moving Matt and Sweat to prison cells next to each other, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Mitchell also allegedly convinced one guard to pass frozen hamburger meat to Matt, thus avoiding the prison’s metal detector. Inside the meat? Hacksaw blades that the two convicts used to escape, the sources told CNN.

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[BRIGHTCOVE “2093123” “” “peoplenow” “no” ]Mitchell’s husband Lyle spoke to the Today show on Tuesday, denying claims that she was plotting to have him killed: “In my heart, I know she would not have hurt me.”

The search continues for Matt and Sweat, who remain on the run since their brazen escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility more than two weeks ago.

Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to aiding the killers in their escape.

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