According to a New York Prosecutor, prison worker Joyce Mitchell who has been charged with helping two prisoners escaped from a New York prison may have allegedly been involved in a murder-for-hire plot. Mitchell it appears discussed with both David Sweat and Richard Matt the possibility of them murdering her husband Lyle. The information was released in news conference given by Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie. Lyle Mitchell who also worked at the prison is not believed to be involved in the escape plan.
Sweat and Matt escaped from a 170-year-old maximum security prison near the Canadian border on June 6. Matt who is 48 years old was in prison for 25 years to life for kidnapping, torturing, murdering and dismembering his former boss. Sweat was serving a life sentence with out the possibility of parole for murdering a sheriff’s deputy.
Mitchell is accused of helping the inmates escape by supplying them with chisels, hacksaw and other tools. The prison tailor shop instructor, who had become friends with the inmates had also agreed to be the getaway driver but changed her mind due to guilt and the realization that she still loved her husband
The search by state police has been increased beyond where searchers had concentrated their efforts in the woods, fields and swamps located within 16 miles outside of the prison. The number of law enforcement involved in the search has been decreased from 800 to 600, and roadblocks on roads leading to Dannemora have been lifted.
Hopefully more information will be released about the murder-for-hire plot and the escaped New York prisoners can be found and returned to jail. Mitchell has pleaded not guilty and has been suspended with out pay from her job.
By Jessica Hamel
Sources: AP: Prosecutor: Worker Discussed Murder-for-Hire With Inmates
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