Joyce Mitchell Arrested and Charged with Helping Escaped Inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility
Prison worker Joyce Mitchell has been arrested …
51 year old Joyce Mitchell was arrested and arraigned Friday night on a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation. Her lawyer, Keith Bruno, entered a plea of not guilty for Joyce Mitchell. If convicted, she faces up to eight years behind bars; however, her charges could get much worse if the two escaped murderers, Richard Matt and David Sweat, commit more crimes while they are on the run. Mitchell’s arrest came after she provided information about the escape. She was ordered held in jail on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond and is due back in court Monday morning.
Prison worker Joyce Mitchell is in custody, accused of aiding in a daring prison escape. The two convicted killers she allegedly helped are free, but on the run.
Mitchell allegedly provided Richard Matt and David Sweat with the tools to cut through cell walls for their escape from an upstate New York prison a week ago.
“The defendant did intentionally … and unlawfully introduce hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit, dangerous contraband, into Clinton Correctional Facility,” court records said.
Mitchell allegedly brought the items to the prison on May 1.
She was arraigned Friday night on a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation. She pleaded not guilty.
If convicted, she faces up to eight years behind bars.