Female Prison Employee Gave Escaped Convicted Murderers 'Equipment or Tools,' D.A. Says

Joyce Mitchell continues to cooperate with police

Photo: New York State Police

More details continue to emerge about how two New York convicts escaped a maximum-security prison nearly a week ago.

“There is some information that [prison employee Joyce Mitchell] provided some form of equipment or tools,” to convicts David Sweat and Richard Matt, says Clinton County’s District Attorney Andrew Wylie in an interview with CNN.

The network also reports that a prison employee provided hacksaw blades, lighted glasses and drill bits to the prisoners.

Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, cut through steel walls before crawling through an underground tunnel and climbing out of a manhole outside Clinton Correctional Facility a week ago in Dannemora, New York.

Since the pair’s escape, Mitchell, an instructor in the prison’s tailor shop, has been “cooperative” with law enforcement about her relationship with the men, according to reports. She has not hired a lawyer but continues to speak with officials daily.

“Each day we’re learning a little bit more information as to her involvement in this case and how she developed a relationship with these two men,” Wylie says. “I can’t speak for Ms. Mitchell but she may feel some responsibility and guilt for her involvement.”

Meanwhile, officials continue to follow up on leads surrounding the intense manhunt.

Sweat is serving a life sentence without parole following his conviction for one count of first-degree murder in the 2002 death of a sheriff s deputy, state police said.

Matt is serving a sentence of 25-years-to-life following his conviction for three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, and two counts of robbery, following the 1997 kidnapping and beating death of a male victim, state police said.

Both men should be considered extremely dangerous, state police said.

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