News Sweat says he masterminded prison break

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    Sweat says he masterminded prison break
    Duo conducted dry run day before prison break, escapee says
    UPDATED 4:50 AM EDT Jul 01, 2015

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          (CNN) —David Sweat and Richard Matt didn't just pull off a grandiose prison escape -- they actually did it twice.
          And through it all, Sweat was the mastermind -- or at least that's what he's telling investigators, a local district attorney said.

          From his hospital bed in Albany, Sweat is revealing more details about the New York prison break that seems to baffle almost everyone -- except himself.

          An escape before the escape

          Sweat said the plot to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility actually started in January, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told CNN.

          After five months of strategizing, Sweat and Matt made a practice run.

          One night before prison tailor Joyce Mitchell was supposed to meet them at a manhole, Sweat and Matt escaped from their cells, a New York state official said.

          They navigated through a maze of tunnels and pipes before popping out of a manhole. But Sweat said they saw too many houses near that manhole and decided to try for another manhole the next night, Wylie told NBC News.

          "To make a dry run and ... have the ability to escape, and then go back in, it is a little baffling," he said.

          So why didn't the guards notice? It's not clear, but the state Inspector General's office has been looking into whether guards had fallen asleep, officials told CNN.

          Just hacksaws

          After rampant speculation over what power tools the pair used, Sweat told investigators he and Matt used only hacksaws to carve through their cell walls and a steam pipe inside the prison, the district attorney told CNN.

          Mitchell, the prison tailor, has admitted to smuggling hacksaw blades by hiding them in frozen hamburger meat and then having the meat delivered to Matt, a law enforcement official said last week.

          She has been arrested and charged with promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation.

          Another employee, Gene Palmer, is accused of taking the meat to the inmates. He's charged with promoting dangerous prison contraband, two counts of destroying evidence and one count of official misconduct.

          Dozen prison employees put on leave

          But the probe extends far beyond Mitchell and Palmer -- and well beyond the escape.

          Three members of the prison's executive team, along with nine security staff employees, have been placed on paid administrative leave as part of the review of the escape, said the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

          Superintendent Steven Racette and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown are among the executives on leave, a state official told CNN on Tuesday. The other is First Deputy Superintendent Donald Quinn, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

          And the FBI is investigating possible broader corruption at the prison, law enforcement officials briefed on the case said . Agents are looking into whether drug trafficking or other criminal behavior among employees and inmates took place, officials said.

          Some employees who have been questioned told investigators that there was heroin use among prisoners and an alleged drug trade involving employees.

          How the plan derailed

          According to Sweat, officials said, this is how the plan was supposed to play out:

          Sweat and Matt would come out of a manhole and meet Mitchell, who would drive them away. The convicted murderers would then kill Mitchell's husband Lyle before fleeing to Mexico.

          But Mitchell never showed up, forcing the fugitives to improvise on the run for more than three weeks. The two split up along the way, apparently because Sweat thought his older, less athletic partner was slowing him down, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

          Police caught up with and killed Matt last Friday. Two days later, an officer shot and wounded Sweat less than 2 miles from the Canadian border.

          Sweat's condition was listed as fair Tuesday night at Albany Medical Center.

          Mitchell's husband 'still in love with her'

          Nevermind that Sweat, Matt and Mitchell allegedly planned to have Mitchell's husband killed before they drove off to Mexico. Mitchell's husband Lyle still loves his wife.

          After all, Joyce Mitchell bailed on the plan to serve as the escapees' getaway driver, Lyle Mitchell's attorney told CNN.

          "In a way, he's looking at it like Joyce saved his life that night by not picking them up," attorney Peter Dumas said.

          "He's still in love with her, to put it bluntly. And I think he plans on waiting for her."
     
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    http://www.news.com.au/world/north-...-sweat-tells-all/story-fnh81jut-1227422689727
    Sweat, 35, told cops he and Matt, 49, broke into a series of hunting camps and cabins they used as hideouts and ransacked for weapons, food, clothing and other supplies, sources said.

    The loot included a transistor radio they used to follow news accounts and avoid the manhunt that grew to involve more than 1000 local, state and federal law enforcement personnel.

    They also found liquor and pot that Matt eagerly consumed, slowing their progress — which was already impeded because the older man suffered from sciatica and bloody blisters, sources said.

    Sweat said he got fed up and decided to ditch Matt about five days before he was captured.

    Sweat was carrying a compass, along with water, Pop-Tarts and a can of Vienna sausages when he was shot twice in the torso and caught by State Police Sergeant Jay Cook nearly 2.5kms from the border on Sunday afternoon.



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    Captured ... fugitive David Sweat was shot and wounded as he attempted to escape over the Canadian border. Picture: Twitter/@WCAX_Cat Source: Twitter



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    Brazen escape ... David Sweat was found near the Canadian border. Picture: AP Photo Source: AP

    Sweat is being treated at the Albany Medical Centre in Albany, New York.

    The hospital released a statement overnight upgrading his condition from serious to fair.

    “David Sweat will remain at Albany Medical Centre for at least a few days,” the hospital said in a statement. “Updates on his condition will be provided as appropriate.”

    He will be charged with escape and burglary, Clinton County DA Andrew Wylie said.

    Matt was fatally shot three times in the head by a federal agent on Friday when he refused to drop a stolen 20-gauge shotgun, according to authorities. He had sardines with him when he was killed, sources said.

    Sweat told cops that he and Matt had plotted their escape through underground steam tunnels for months, but didn’t put the plan into action until May, when the heat was turned off at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, sources said.

    Sweat admitted doing most of the cutting and other heavy work because he was in better shape than Matt, sources said.

    His confessions spanned several hours following his arrival at the Albany hospital, and authorities plan to continue questioning him, sources said.



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    Thorough search ... FBI agents search for convicted murderer David Sweat at cabins near Duane, New York on June 28. Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP Source: AFP

    A doctor at the hospital said Sweat was being treated on a “locked-down” floor, with dozens of cops and security guards standing watch.

    “I heard he was only capable of mumbling and gurgling noises last night because he was under extremely heavy sedation. Now he’s spilling his guts to the police,” the physician said.

    Broome County Sheriff David Harder told The New York Post that Sweat picked up outdoor skills in his youth when he took part in a program intended to keep him from a life of crime.

    “He had problems as a juvenile. They tried to save him,” Harder said. “So he took some kind of a class or training on how to survive in the wilderness.”

    Law enforcement sources said Sweat would not be sent back to the Dannemora lockup following his recovery, and would likely end up in Sing Sing, just north of New York City, or another maximum-security prison.

    “His privileges will be extremely limited,” Wylie told CNN. “He will be, you know, basically [under] 24/7 lockdown for the rest of his life.”
     
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    Some mastermind. He got caught and shot.
     
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    Is this the prisoner that is beer can thick??;)
     
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    Still pretty fucking clever to escape that place. Had that ugly bitch not got cold feet he still might be on the loose.
     
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    David Sweat Claims He Practiced Escape and Was Almost Caught Twice During 3-Week Manhunt
    Jun 30, 2015, 5:20 PM ET
    By EMILY SHAPIRO via Good Morning America

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    Authorities in upstate New York spent three weeks searching for escaped prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat.
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    Escaped prisoner David Sweat told investigators he was almost discovered twice during the three weeks authorities were searching the woods of upstate New York for him and fellow inmate Richard Matt — including one time that police walked right by him as he hid in a hunting tree stand, officials said.

    Sweat also revealed to investigators he and Matt did a dry-run the night before their June 6 prison break, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told ABC News today.

    The prisoners may have been planning their escape for six months, Wylie said.

    Sweat told investigators that the first time he was almost caught, both he and Matt were hiding near a cabin when three people came to check on it, Wylie said.

    The people were discussing whether they should stay at the cabin or leave and Sweat said he and Matt were close enough to hear their conversation, Wylie said.

    Sweat told the investigators he and Matt stayed hidden until the three people left, according to the DA.

    The second instance happened within the past week, after Sweat and Matt separated, Sweat allegedly told investigators.

    Sweat claimed he was hiding in a hunting tree stand when an officer walked past him, Wylie said.

    Investigators were interviewing Sweat to better understand how the men escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, and how they were able to avoid police for so long.

    Sweat told investigators that when Joyce Mitchell, a prison tailor shop employee who’s been charged in connection with the escape, didn’t show up at midnight to get them, the men fled on foot, heading north and west toward Canada, according to Wylie.

    Sweat also revealed he and Matt separated five days before he was taken into custody. Sweat said they separated because Matt wasn’t focused any longer and was slowing him down, according to Wylie.

    Sources briefed on the matter told ABC News Tuesday that interviews with Sweat have concluded for now.

    Wylie said Sweat was cooperative during the investigators’ questioning.

    According to the DA, Wylie was advised of his Miranda rights. "He's aware of his rights, he knows he has the right to an attorney, he knows he doesn't have to speak to law enforcement officers," he said. It was not clear whether Sweat has a lawyer.

    Sweat is recovering at Albany Medical Center after he was apprehended, shot and wounded Sunday in the area of Constable, New York, about 1.5 miles south of the Canadian border.

    His condition was listed as fair Tuesday. He is expected to remain at the hospital "for at least a few days" before he is moved to a maximum-security prison, sources said.

    Matt, meanwhile, was shot and killed Friday in Elephant's Head, New York, about 16 miles south of where Sweat was found, police said.
     
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    dude is singing like a canary...not sure what the truth is, of course.
     
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    Richard Matt Allegedly Gave These Paintings to Prison Guard Gene Palmer
    by Tom Winter and Cassandra Vinograd


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    Richard Matt allegedly gave prison guard Gene Palmer these paintings.
    He was a convicted and incarcerated murderer — with an apparent artistic flair.

    Richard Matt — who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York with another inmate and was shot dead Friday after three weeks on the run — was also a noted prison painter.

    Court documents allege that he gave some of his artworks to prison guard Gene Palmer in return for tools.

    Palmer is alleged to have later destroyed the paintings — burning some of them in a fire pit at his home and burying others in woods nearby — after Matt and David Sweat escaped on June 6.

    NBC News Investigations has obtained images of some of the paintings Palmer is accused of trying to bury.

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    A painting by Richard Matt.
    Palmer has pleaded not guilty to charges of promoting prison contraband in the first degree (a class D felony), two counts of tampering with physical evidence (a class E felony) and one count of official misconduct (a class A misdemeanor). The charges carry prison terms ranging from 15 months to seven years.

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    A painting of an bald eagle by Richard Matt.
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    Another work by Richard Matt.
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    Two landscapes by Richard Matt.
     
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    look at him taking all the credit.
     
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    The most disturbing/shocking part of this story!
     
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    He certainly deserves credit for being the luckier of the two. Two shots to the back vs three shots to the head.
     
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    Well it's not like the other guy can refute his story.
     
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    U.S. Crime
    Prison Escapee David Sweat Is Back in Jail
    11:47 AM ET

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    AP Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border June 28, 2015, in Constable, N.Y.
    Sweat was shot and captured last week
    New York prison escapee David Sweat, who was shot and captured last week after a weeks-long manhunt, has been discharged from the hospital and moved to a new maximum security prison, officials said on Sunday.

    Sweat was moved overnight from the Albany Medical Center to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, a town of 4,000-some people in central New York, CNN reports. The Five Points Correctional Facility is about 200 miles southwest of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, where Sweat and his fellow inmate, Richard Matt, escaped on June 6. Matt was shot dead by police on June 26, two days before police shot and captured Sweat.

    Sweat is being evaluated in the infirmary, after which he will be transferred to a “single cell” in a 23-hour confinement facility, officials said. He has also been placed on suicide watch in a cell officials said is designed to “limit movement.”

    Two prison workers have been arrested in connection with the escape, while a dozen prison officials, including the prison chief, have been placed on administrative leave.

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