Prison Worker Gave NYC Killers Blades, Chisels Before Escape [+videos]

A New York prison worker charged with aiding in the escape of two convicted killers allegedly brought hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit into the prison weeks before the men made their brazen escape, according court documents.

Joyce Mitchell, 51, was arrested by state police Friday and charged with a felony count of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor count of criminal facilitation. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Friday night. She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the top charge.

Police say Mitchell brought contraband into the upstate Clinton Correctional Facility, and that helped convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt break out of prison in the early morning hours of June 6. They remained at large Friday.

“This is one large piece of the puzzle in the quest to find the escaped murderers,” New York State Police Maj. Charles Guess told reporters during a news conference Friday night . . .

Sweat and Matt escaped nearly a week ago from maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in the town of Dannemora, sawing out of their cells with power tools before clambering through the works of the building and out through a manhole. (Read more from “Prison Worker Gave NYC Killers Blades, Chisels Before Escape” HERE)

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