- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—PLATTSBURGH — Joyce Mitchell admitted in court this morning that she helped convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat escape.

Mitchell, 51, of Dickinson Center, accepted a plea offered by Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie that will see her serve 2 1/3 to seven years in prison for admitting to first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony.

And she will be given a year in Clinton County Jail on her plea to fourth-degree criminal facilitation, a misdemeanor.

Other conditions include continued cooperation in the investigation, giving up her state teaching certificate and a $5,000 fine.

Mitchell wiped away tears as she signed papers waiving grand-jury proceedings.

Her husband, Lyle, who has been visiting her at Clinton County Jail, was at the court session.

She answered quietly as Judge Kevin Ryan asked whether she understood the plea and had had enough time to talk with her attorney and family members.

She won’t face any charges of sexual assault or rape related to the inmates, which were a possibility, Wylie said.

Nor will she face any charges in connection with any plan to kill her husband.

Mitchell will be sentenced on Sept. 28.

Matt, 48, and Sweat, 35, broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora on June 6 after using tools, over time, to cut holes in the back of their adjacent cells.

They climbed down a six-story catwalk inside the maximum-security prison, broke through walls and pipes and climbed out a manhole, starting an intensive manhunt that ended 23 days later after Matt was killed and Sweat was captured.


Mitchell, who goes by the nickname “Tillie,” was a supervisor in the prison tailor shop where Sweat and Matt both worked.

She was accused of assisting Sweat and Matt by slipping them hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit.

She was arrested June 12. The State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision suspended Mitchell from her $57,697 job right away.

She resigned that position on June 25, State Department of Corrections spokeswoman Linda Foglia told the Press-Republican this morning.

Mitchell will be entitled to her pension, Foglia said.

More details will be added to this report later today.


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