Joyce Mitchell, who aided prison break, going to prison herself

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Former Prison Worker Sentenced to Up to 7 Years for Aiding Escapees.

Joyce Mitchell, the prison seamstress believed to be romantically interested in at least one of the prisoners, smuggled tools in hamburger meat that the prisoners used in an incredible “Shawshank Redemption” style escape. — A sobbing former prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup said she regretted her “horrible mistake” as she was sentenced Monday to up to seven years behind bars as part of a plea deal. She reiterated her excuse that she had helped the two men — David Sweat and Richard Matt — only because she believed they were going to harm members of her family. Prosecutors also want $120,000 to cover the cost of damage done to the Clinton Correctional Facility when the two prisoners tunneled through walls and pipes to escape.

Mitchell said the two murderers also had learned where her mother and one of her three children lives, and that she was worried about their safety as well. She apologized to the community, her former co-workers and law enforcement officers for the weeks of fear and disruption the search for the killers caused.

He said that scores of police officers engaged in the hunt for the men, “never knowing if the next step they took in deeply wooded areas would be their last.” Mr. At her plea hearing in July, she acknowledged her role, and in her statements, she exposed a culture of improper relations between prison workers and inmates there. Mitchell said she didn’t tell anyone about the inmates’ escape plan because Matt had threatened to harm her family, particularly her husband, Lyle, who also worked in the prison.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie echoed that sentiment outside court afterward, telling reporters that “she once again is making excuses.” He called her apology an insult to the searchers and victims. A prison guard, Gene Palmer, who authorities have said unwittingly abetted the escape plot, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of promoting prison contraband. And I guess they saw my weakness and that’s how it all started.” “I’m not the monster that everybody thinks I am,” she said. “I’m really not.

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