NY prison worker charged in escape could plea: lawyer

Joyce Mitchel
CORRECTS NAME OF JUDGE TO MARK ROGERS NOT BUCK ROGERS Joyce Mitchell appears before Judge Mark Rogers in Plattsburgh City Court, New York, for a hearing Monday, June 15, 2015. She is charged with helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility near the Canadian border on June 6. Mitchell, 51, was charged Friday with supplying hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver. Her lawyer entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. (G.N. Miller/NY Post via AP, Pool)

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The lawyer for a former New York prison employee accused of helping two murderers escape says he is working on a plea agreement.

Attorney Stephen Johnston says he hopes there will be a plea agreement presented in Joyce Mitchell’s case on Tuesday morning during a scheduled appearance in a Clinton County court. Johnston said there have been discussions on a deal, but he could not give details.

Authorities said Mitchell, a tailor shop employee, supplied David Sweat and Richard Matt and with hacksaw blades and other tools. She agreed to be their getaway driver but backed out at the last moment.

Matt was killed three weeks after the escape from Clinton Correctional Facility. Sweat was captured.

Johnston said Mitchell was holding up in jail but was depressed and anxious.

WIVB.com 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. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s