Prison employee used hamburger meat to help killers in NY prison break: DA

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Authorities say the prison employee charged with helping two murderers escape from a New York prison smuggled tools to them by hiding the items in frozen hamburger meat.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wiley has told reporters that Joyce Mitchell told investigators she put hacksaw blades and a screwdriver in the meat, then placed it in a refrigerator in the tailor shop where she worked at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

Wiley says a corrections officer brought the meat to David Sweat and Richard Matt, who were housed in a section of the maximum-security prison where inmates are allowed to cook their own meals. The DA says the guard didn’t know the tools were inside the meat. He has been placed on paid leave.

Sweat and Matt used power tools to make their escape June 6 and remain at large Wednesday.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


  • Caroline

    Isn’t it PRISON! How are they allowed to cook their own meals! Remember the days of Papillion. Bread and water and all the cockroaches you could eat. What is going on in our country? What about punishment? Isn’t it supposed to be punishment? I could see if you were sentenced to life with Ramen but these guys had hamburger!!!

    • ej

      That is my question too…no news report seems to mention what prison means anymore. Do prisoners really cook their own meals?

  • John

    This woman caused quite a bit of damage, not to mention the millions being spent to hut down these killers. They are saying she may only get 8 years in prison. That is not nearly enough. Awful, just awful.