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New York prison worker sentenced to up to 7 years for aiding escape

Mitchell was involved in the escape of prison inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt in June.

By Ed Adamczyk
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Joyce Mitchell on Monday was sentenced to up seven years in jail for her role in helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from a maximum-security correctional facility on June 6.
Joyce Mitchell on Monday was sentenced to up seven years in jail for her role in helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from a maximum-security correctional facility on June 6.

PLATTSBURGH , N.Y., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Joyce Mitchell, an upstate New York prison worker who aided in the escape of two inmates in June, was sentenced up to seven years in prison Monday.

A Clinton County Court judge in Plattsburgh, N.Y., sentenced Mitchell, 51, to one year imprisonment for facilitating criminal activity, and two-and-one-third to seven years for promoting prison contraband. She pleaded guilty to those offenses in June.

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At her arraignment she admitted smuggling tools into the Dannemora, N.Y., maximum security prison to aid in the escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt, who broke out June 6. Mitchell was supposed to be the driver of the getaway car, but instead sought hospital treatment for an anxiety attack the night before the escape.

Matt was shot and killed June 26 and Sweat was taken into custody June 28 after a massive manhunt spanning the state.

Mitchell cried at her sentencing Monday, saying "If I could take it all back I would. I can't begin to explain how sorry I am for all this. I am 51 years old. And this is by far the worst mistake I have ever made in my life. I live with regret every day and will for the rest of my life."

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She added she has been receiving mental help and counseling.

Mitchell also received fines of $5,000 and $1,000, and will attend a restitution hearing Nov. 6.


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