Prison tailor accused of helping escapees in court

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Joyce Mitchell was held at the Rensselaer County Jail this weekend but will be back at Plattsburgh County Jail for the hearing.

Mitchell pleaded not-guilty in court Friday. She’s currently facing a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor charge of criminal facilitation.

Authorities say Mitchell provided David Sweat and Richard Matt with several tools such as blades, chisels and a screwdriver. A prosecutor says they made sure those tools were returned every night so no one would notice.

Andrew Wylie, the County District Attorney says Mitchell was supposed to pick them up and drive them to an area far away from the prison, but backed out last minute because she felt guilty doing this to her husband of who she said she loved.

Authorities say Mitchell may have talked to her husband, Lyle Mitchell about it. Her husband is now also under investigation, but he hasn’t been arrested or charged.

If Joyce is convicted she could be facing up to eight years in prison. Court is expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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