NY prison worker arrested on charges she helped killers escape

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An upstate New York prison worker accused of helping two killers escape last weekend has been suspended without pay.

Prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell is accused of befriending inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and giving them contraband. She has been arrested. Authorities say she’ll be arraigned on charges of promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation.

Mitchell’s husband has not been charged.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says Mitchell has been suspended without pay effective Friday. Mitchell earned about $58,000 a year.

Mitchell’s family has said she would not have helped the convicts break out.

District Attorney Andrew Wylie says the investigation continues and there could be more charges.

State police say they’re getting closer to the escapees with every step they take on the ground and in the investigation.




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