Woman Who Helped NY Inmates Escape Gets up to 7 Years in Prison

Joyce Mitchell says, "I live with regret every day and will for the rest of my life."

By Published on September 28, 2015

The prison worker who helped two New York prisoners escape earlier this year will now find herself on the other side of the bars.

Joyce Mitchell, the prison seamstress believed to be romantically interested in at least one of the prisoners, smuggled tools in hamburger meat that the prisoners used in an incredible Shawshank Redemption style escape. The judge dismissed her claim that she only helped them because she feared they would hurt her family, giving her a sentence of two-and-a-third to seven years in prison.

One of the prisoners, Richard Matt, was killed by a searching law enforcement officer and the other, David Sweat, was captured.

“If I could take it all back I would,” Mitchell said. “I live with regret every day and will for the rest of my life.”

Mitchell pleaded guilty to first-degree promoting prison contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation in July.

Prosecutors also want $120,000 to cover the cost of damage done to the Clinton Correctional Facility when the two prisoners tunneled through walls and pipes to escape.

“Please allow me to start by saying how sorry I am. How much remorse I have,” Mitchell said through tears.


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