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New York prison worker pleads guilty to helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from jail

Joyce Mitchell exits Clinton County Court in Plattsburgh, N.Y., July 28, 2015. Mitchell pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that she helped two convicted killers stage a dramatic escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, in June. Mitchell worked in the tailor shop at the facility. (Jacob Hannah/The New York Times)

Joyce Mitchell, who worked as a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, admitted on Tuesday to aiding Richard Matt and David Sweat in their now-infamous escape from prison. She confessed to smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools—which Matt and Sweat used to chisel their way to freedom—into the prison by hiding the contraband in frozen hamburger meat. Mitchell had also agreed to be the duo’s escape driver, but backed out at the last moment. By pleading guilty to counts of promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation, Mitchell will be able to avoid potential rape and murder conspiracy charges (she allegedly had sexual contact with Matt and Sweat, and allegedly discussed killing her husband as part of the escape plan). Mitchell faces between 2 and 1/3 years to 7 years in prison. Her sentencing is set for September 28.

Read the full story at the Associated Press.

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