Former N.Y. Prison Employee Enters Guilty Plea Related To Inmates' Escape

Joyce Mitchell, the Clinton Correctional Facility worker who was charged last month with aiding two convicted killers' escape, has pleaded guilty to the charges, after reaching a deal with prosecutors.

Mitchell, 51, was an instructor in the prison tailor shop – a position that officials say allowed her to pass tools such as hacksaw blades and a screwdriver to prisoner Richard Matt.

Matt escaped along with David Sweat, in a plot that was intended to include Mitchell as the getaway driver, the authorities say. She backed out of that part of the plan, but the two convicts remained at large for three weeks. In late June, Matt was cornered and shot to death; Sweat was captured two days later.

Today, Mitchell pleaded guilty to both charges against her: a felony count of promoting prison contraband and one misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.

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