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Sentencing for NY prison worker who helped 2 killers escape

Posted at 9:21 AM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 09:21:13-04

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape faces up to seven years for her role in the audacious breakout.

Joyce Mitchell, 51, faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to seven years in prison Monday under terms of a plea deal reached with prosecutors this summer. She pleaded guilty to charges related to providing tools to Richard Matt and David Sweat, who broke out of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility June 6.

The pair eluded more than 1,000 searchers in northern New York for weeks. Matt was killed by a border agent June 26. Sweat was wounded and captured by a trooper two days later.

Mitchell admitted to becoming close with the pair and agreed to be their getaway driver before backing out at the last moment.