PLATTSBURGH, NY – That New York prison break is starting to look like a case of prison love gone wrong. Joyce Mitchell is the former prison employee accused of helping two murderers escape their upstate New York prison on June 6.
She was in court, in shackles, in prison stripes, and in a state of silence.
Her attorney did not enter a plea to either charge against her, a felony count of promoting contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.
Investigators say she provided Richard Matt and David Sweat with some of the tools they used to cut their way out of the maximum security pen.
“She has told us that she’s provided hacksaw blades, provided other contraband to both Matt and Sweat, and she was aware of the time frame of the escape,” said Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.
Mitchell apparently told investigators she was to pick up the prisoners, then possibly kill her husband before driving somewhere about seven hours away.
She says they never told her where they were headed.
But she bailed out at the last minute because she loved her husband and didn’t want to do this to him.