New York investigators focusing on prison worker after 2 convicted murderers’ escape

New York investigators focusing on prison worker after 2 convicted murderers’ escape

The escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York brought a prison worker in spotlight.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said in a press release that the tools used by Richard Matt and David Sweat, the knowledge they had and the intricacy of their plan left authorities convinced that they couldn't have done all that on their own.

D'Amico added that prison worker Joyce Mitchell had befriended the convicted men and might had played some kind of role in helping them escape. She admitted before investigators that Matt made her feel "special" but did not specify whether she was in love with him.

Mitchell had also worked with the two convicted men, tailoring clothing at Dannemora, New York-based Clinton Correctional Facility.

As per a state official, New York State Department of Corrections had previously been informed about Mitchell's relationship with Matt.

Confirming the inquiry, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said, "She has been extremely cooperative. She continues to provide us with information critical to the case."

Wylie added that two felony charges could be labeled against Mitchell. One would accuse her of being an aide to the escaped men and for promoting prison contraband.

However, authorities are avoiding a decision to arrest and charge Mitchell as they worry that any legal action would prevent her from cooperating in the ongoing investigation.

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