Prison worker pleads not guilty to helping inmates escape

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Criminal complaints against a worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison say she provided hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit to two escaped killers who remain on the loose.

The lawyer for prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell entered a not guilty plea on her behalf late Friday night.

Mitchell is accused of befriending inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

She's being held on $100,000 bond and is due in court again Monday.

Hundreds of law enforcement personnel are fanning out again Saturday morning to continue the search for two convicted killers who escaped the maximum security prison in northern New York near the Canadian border.

The inmates used power tools to cut through their cell walls and a steam pipe and escaped through a manhole a week ago

The search is in its eighth day.

 

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