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Joyce Mitchell, Woman Who Aided In Prison Break, Sentenced

Former corrections employee Joyce Mitchell was sentenced to up to seven years in prison for helping two convicted murderers escape from an upstate prison.
Former corrections employee Joyce Mitchell was sentenced to up to seven years in prison for helping two convicted murderers escape from an upstate prison. Photo Credit: New York State Police

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Joyce Mitchell, the woman who helped two convicted murderers escape from an upstate New York prison, was sentenced to up to seven years in prison on Monday, according to reports.

Mitchell admitted to smuggling hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch tool and a screwdriver into the prison for David Sweat and Richard Matt. The subsequent manhunt cost New York State $23 million in overtime costs alone, WPTZ.com reported.

Authorities shot and killed Matt during the manhunt on June 26. Sweat was shot and wounded two days later. He is already serving life in prison without parole.

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