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Joyce Mitchell, Who Aided Murderers' Escape, Is Sent To Westchester Prison

Former corrections employee Joyce Mitchell, who was sentenced to up to seven years in prison earlier this week for helping two convicted murderers escape from an upstate prison , will serve her sentence in Westchester.
Former corrections employee Joyce Mitchell, who was sentenced to up to seven years in prison earlier this week for helping two convicted murderers escape from an upstate prison , will serve her sentence in Westchester. Photo Credit: New York State Police

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- Joyce Mitchell, the seamstress at the center of one of the most publicized prison escapes in U.S. history, will serve her sentence at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, according to WTEN-TV in Albany.

The former corrections employee was sentenced to up to seven years in prison earlier this week for helping two convicted murderers escape from an upstate prison in early June.

Mitchell admitted to smuggling hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch tool and a screwdriver into the prison for David Sweat and Richard Matt. The subsequent manhunt cost New York State $23 million in overtime costs alone.

Authorities shot and killed Matt during the manhunt on June 26. Sweat was shot and wounded two days later. He is serving life in prison without parole.

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