“If I could take it all back I would. I live with regret every day and will for the rest of my life,” Joyce Mitchell, former prison seamstress, told a courtroom this week in a choked voice. With her hands shackled at her waist, she was sentenced to two-to-seven years in prison on a contraband count for her role in helping convicts David Sweat and Richard Matt escape a New York facility in June, having snuck tools into the jail by hiding them in hamburger meat. In July, Mitchell, 51, pleaded guilty in a deal that allowed her to avoid charges for allegedly plotting to kill her husband, and for any sexual contact with Sweat and Matt. Prosecutors are also seeking almost $120,000 in restitution to cover the cost of damage inflicted when Sweat and Matt escaped Clinton County Correctional Facility on June 6. Her husband, Lyle Mitchell, told Today that his wife has a “heart of gold,” and that he’ll wait for her on the other side.
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