Prison Worker Who Helped 2 Killers Escape Gets Up to 7 Years

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Joyce Mitchell faces up to 7 years for helping N.Y. prisoners escape.

Former prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell arrived at an upstate New York courthouse on Monday, with her hands and feet shackled, to be sentenced for helping two convicts escape with tools smuggled in hamburger meat.PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A former New York prison worker who claims she was in “way over my head” when she helped two murderers escape faces a sentence of up to seven years for her role in the audacious breakout.

Mitchell, 51, pleaded guilty in a deal that allowed her to sidestep charges for an alleged plot to kill her husband and for any sexual contact with the inmates, David Sweat and Richard Matt. She pleaded guilty to charges related to providing hacksaw blades and other tools to Richard Matt and David Sweat, who broke out of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6.

In an exclusive interview with TODAY, Mitchell said the two men — both serving life for murder — wanted her to meet them after the escape with a getaway car. “I was supposed to come up and park by the manhole that they were gonna be coming out of. I’m just somebody that got caught up in something she couldn’t get out of.” Officials said the convicts used tools to cut their way out of their adjacent cells and get into the catwalk between the cell block walls. 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.

In exchange, she will waive her right to appeal and will cooperate with the continued investigation into the prison break. “Because the evidence was so overwhelming … she wanted to expedite her case proceedings and move on with the matter,” Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told reporters outside the court

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