Joyce Mitchell denied parole

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A North Country prison worker who helped two convicted killers escape from Clinton Correctional Facility was denied parole on Monday.

The parole board’s decision to keep Joyce Mitchell behind bars was unanimous.

“You present yourself more as a victim than a responsible participant and appear to be emotionally unstable and easily manipulated. In spite of your cooperation after the escape, your presentence investigation report reflects that your statements included lies and half truths given in a piecemeal fashion,” the decision stated.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to charges related to providing hacksaw blades and other tools to Richard Matt and David Sweat, which aided in their well-planned escape of the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility. Mitchell admitted to becoming close to the convicts before they asked for her help.

She was sentenced to 2 and 1/3 to 7 years in prison.

Matt and Sweat were on the run for about three weeks, until Matt was killed by police and Sweat was taken into custody.

NewsChannel 9 and will have additional details shortly.

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