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Sentencing for NY prison worker who helped 2 killers escape

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Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility June 6. Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility June 6.

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape faces up to seven years for her role in the audacious breakout.
    
Fifty-one-year-old Joyce Mitchell faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to seven years in prison Monday under terms of a plea deal reached with prosecutors this summer. She pleaded guilty to charges related to providing tools to Richard Matt and David Sweat, who broke out of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility June 6.
    
The pair eluded more than 1,000 searchers in northern New York for weeks. Matt was killed by a border agent June 26. Sweat was wounded and captured by a trooper two days later.
    
Mitchell admitted to becoming close with the pair and agreed to be their getaway driver before backing out at the last moment.

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