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The Latest on NY prison escape: Complaint: Worker gave tools

June 13, 2015

1:36 a.m. (EDT)

A northern New York prison worker accused of helping two killers escape last weekend gave the men hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit, according to criminal complaints.

Prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell is accused of befriending inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and giving them contraband.

Mitchell’s hands were cuffed in front of her and she stared straight ahead while she was arraigned Friday night in Plattsburgh on charges of felony promoting prison contraband and misdemeanor criminal facilitation. She was ordered jailed on $100,000 cash bail.

Mitchell’s family has said she would not have helped the convicts break out.

Mitchell has another court appearance scheduled for Monday.

Police say they won’t stop looking for the escaped inmates.

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