The June 6 New York prison break that raised concerns for the security lapse have authorities geared up. The search operation has been expanded to nab the two escaped killers with more than 800 law enforcement officers been involved in the search for David Sweat and Richard Matt.
The authorities informed that Police officials have been focusing on an area southeast of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Police is patrolling the area with search dogs and assisted by aircrafts and would expand the search further east on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the prison worker, Joyce Mitchell, 51, who is charged with promoting prison contraband, has pleaded not guilty.
Andrew Wylie, District Attorney told that Mitchell was accused for providing material assistance in form of tools to Matt and Sweat to cut through the prison walls. Mitchell, who was made to ‘feel special’ by one of the convicts, was supposed to pick the convicts up on the night of the escape from near a manhole and drive them 7 hours away.
However, at the last moment on Friday evening she backed out to help in the execution of the escape plan. Wylie stated that this signals that the escapees are still in close proximity to the facility.
48 years old, Matt, had escaped the prison before in 1986 as well. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in 2008 for brutally killing a businessman whose torso was discovered later in the Niagara River. Sweat has been charged with first-degree murder of a sheriff’s deputy on July 4, 2002 and was sentenced to life without parole.