N.Y. search for es­caped killers widens

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - By Tina Sus­man tina.sus­man@latimes.com

NEW YORK — The search for two es­caped killers ex­panded from the area around their up­state New York prison Wed­nes­day, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors said that a woman charged with help­ing the pair break out had plot­ted with them to kill her hus­band.

Twelve days af­ter Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, f led the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dan­nemora, about 20 miles south of the Cana­dian bor­der, of­fi­cials ad­mit­ted they had no idea where the es­capees were. But in a sign that they no longer feel cer­tain the men are nearby, they con­firmed that the search, which had fo­cused on a tight perime­ter around Dan­nemora, had been widened.

Maj. Charles Guess of the New York State Po­lice told a news con­fer­ence that the search would “ex­pand and shift to other ar­eas.”

Joyce Mitchell, a civil­ian who worked in the prison, has been charged with bring­ing con­tra­band to Sweat and Matt, who both were serv­ing time for mur­der. But Clin­ton County Dist. Atty. An­drew Wylie has said more charges could be filed against her, and he said she had dis­cussed killing her hus­band, Lyle Mitchell, with the es­capees.

“The in­for­ma­tion we have from Joyce Mitchell is that that oc­curred, that the plot had oc­curred,” he said.

Mitchell, 51, has pleaded not guilty to a felony and a mis­de­meanor charge. A crim­i­nal com­plaint ac­cuses her of bring­ing hack­saw blades, chis­els, a punch and a screw­driver bit to the men in the weeks be­fore they fled.

She has told of­fi­cials that she was sup­posed to pick up the men af­ter they emerged from a man­hole ei­ther late on June 5 or early June 6, and take them to a des­ti­na­tion sev­eral hours’ drive away. But Wylie said Mitchell told author­i­ties she changed her mind at the last minute, in part be­cause she did not want to hurt her hus­band.

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