Woman Who Aided In Prison Escape Is Sentenced To Up To 7 Years

On June 6, 2015, convicted Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison that no one had ever escaped from. They were only able to do this with a little help from their sewing instructor, Joyce Mitchell, who pleaded guilty to smuggling them tools to them in raw hamburger meat. Because there’s nothing suspicious about a purse full of raw meat at work.

After a three-week manhunt, Matt was fatally shot by a federal agent and Sweat was captured. Mitchell, aka Shawshank, was considerably easier to find — she was in the hospital having panic attacks with her husband who, wait for it, also works at the prison.

Now Mitchell has been sentenced to up to 7 years in prison will have to pay $120,000 in restitution for the prison damage. She maintains that the only reason she cooperated to protect her husband, but in her confusing account she claims that part of the plan included killing him anyways. It’s hard to see the security she got from helping that process along.

In an interview prior to her sentencing, Mitchell also blames her actions on depression at the time, but conflicting stories allege that she had a sexual relationship with Sweat when she supervised him in the prison tailor shop. Though that’s speculation, it would explain more that Mitchell seemed to in said interview.

For now her husband is standing by her and she is not being charged for any of the sexual allegations. Mitchell might be sad that her request to wear an ankle monitor for the rest of her life was rejected, but it could’ve been much worse. At least she knows what it’s like on the inside already. [Reuters]