Joyce Mitchell was arrested this week for allegedly helping two convicted killers escape from a maximum-security prison, and now prosecutors say the corrections officer planned to run away and start a new life with an inmate infamous for his sexual prowess.
Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said that Mitchell was supposed to serve as a getaway driver for the two escaped men, David Sweat and Richard Matt. She ultimately backed out.
“It’s basically, to show up down at the power house at around midnight, and pick them up. As we all know now, she failed to show up,” Wylie told NBC News. “Pick them up, leave the area.”
“The three of them were going to move on together. That was the plan,” Wylie said.
But Joyce Mitchell was arrested not just for planning to drive the two men to freedom. She allegedly bought the inmates cutting blades and glasses with lights attached, which investigators said the two men used in their escape through the prison’s tunnel system. A criminal complaint also accuses her of buying hacksaw blades, chisels, and a screwdriver that the two allegedly used in the escape.
Police sources claimed that Mitchell was charmed by Matt, who had quite a reputation as a ladies man before being sent to prison for torturing and killing his 76-year-old boss.
Richard Matt also had quite a reputation, the New York Post noted.
“Another source, retired Detective David Bentley, who helped put away Matt for the 1997 murder of a North Tonawanda businessman, added, ‘When [Matt’s] cleaned up, he’s very handsome and, in all frankness, very well endowed. He gets girlfriends any place he goes.'”
Sources said that Mitchell believed she was in love with Matt, but she got cold feet hours before the escape was supposed to occur and checked herself into a hospital the day they escaped.
That means both inmates were likely unable to make it far past the prison, officials said.
“At the last moment that Friday afternoon or Friday evening she bailed out,” Wylie said. “Hopefully that means they [the escapees] are still out here in close proximity to the facility.”
Mitchell has been helping in other ways, prosecutors said.
“She does not exercise her right to request an attorney, she voluntarily seeks us out,” Wylie said Thursday night. “(She) comes in and each day has been providing… additional information that’s assisted the investigators.”
Joyce Mitchell was arrested Friday and charged with a felony count of promoting prison contraband. She faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.
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