David Sweat processed following arraignment, not guilty plea

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WIVB) — In his first appearance in court since his time in the hospital, David Sweat faced arraignment in court.

Sweat, who escaped from Clinton County’s maximum security prison in early June, has been recovering from gunshot wounds incurred upon his capture by New York State Police.

The escaped inmate, and his partner in crime Richard Matt, tipped off a massive manhunt that cost more than $22 million in manpower alone. For the first time since his capture, Sweat returned to court in Clinton County to face and indictment and subsequent arraignment on charges.

Sweat pleaded not guilty to two counts of first degree escape and first degree promoting prison contraband.

Regardless of if found guilty of his crimes in court, Sweat is serving a life sentence, and any additional time would be served immediately following the life sentence. Clinton County’s District Attorney says he intends to proceed with the prosecution to hold Sweat accountable for his crimes.

Sweat’s appearance in public allowed for the first video to be captured of the captured inmate, and his subsequent processing by New York State Police provided the first mug shot of Sweat in years.

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