As the search for the two convicted killers who escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY carried on into its ninth day, new details reveal the exact way in which David Sweat and Richard Matt managed to perform the jailbreak, including being helped by an in-prison tailoring shop instructor.
District Attorney Andrew Wylie claims that Sweat and Matt managed to escape by using power tools used by contractors within the prison, which they would return every night to their original places so as to avoid raising any suspicion. According to the prosecutor, the two criminals always worked between 12 AM and 5 AM and had access to the power tools by crawling through a hole in their cell.
The two men apparently scouted the prison’s tunnel system for a way out, but then decided to just use the tools to create a manhole through the back of their cell, cutting through a steam pipe and a brick wall.
The duo was also supposedly helped by in-prison worker Joyce Mitchell, a tailoring shop instructor within the facility, who planned to drive them away after they had escaped but apparently renounced the plan after realizing its possible consequences. Wylie claims that Mitchell had the change of heart during the day of the two killers’ escape, and that to his knowledge Sweat and Matt did not have a backup plan for get away.
This has led local police to believe that the duo might still be somewhere in the vicinity of Dannermora, as their manhunt goes through every house in the area heading upstate along Route 374. The highway will be closed throughout the whole of Monday due to the search, and the schools and campuses in the area will be guarded thoroughly.
However, New York governor Andrew Cuomo wished to temper the spirits of both frightened NY residents and the police officers participating in the manhunt, by saying that the killers might be even in Mexico by now.
Meanwhile, the 51-year old Mitchell was accused on several charges of assisting the jailbreak by helping the two get hold of different tools including hacksaw blades and a screwdriver, but her lawyer submitted a non-guilty plea to the charges.
The 35-year old David Sweat had been serving life sentence with no possibility of parole after he killed a sheriff’s deputy, while the 48-year old Richard Matt was convicted to at least 25 years after he tortured, kidnapped and murdered former employer William Rickerson in 1997. Matt had broken out of high security penitenciarys twice before the Dannemora prison break.
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