PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape faces up to seven years for her role in the audacious breakout.
Joyce Mitchell, 51, faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to seven years in prison Monday under terms of a plea deal reached with prosecutors this summer. She pleaded guilty to charges related to providing tools to Richard Matt and David Sweat, who broke out of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility June 6.
The pair eluded more than 1,000 searchers in northern New York for weeks. Matt was killed by a border agent June 26. Sweat was wounded and captured by a trooper two days later.
Mitchell admitted to becoming close with the pair and agreed to be their getaway driver before backing out at the last moment.