Judge to decide NYS payback for prison escape from Joyce Mitchell

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A former employee of a maximum-security prison in northern New York is scheduled to appear in court on contributing to the $120,000 in restitution the state wants for damage by two inmates who cut their way out.

Former prison tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty to charges related to providing hacksaw blades and other tools to Richard Matt and David Sweat. The 51-year-old Mitchell was sentenced in September to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison.

After a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot dead in a wooded area about 30 miles northwest of the prison. Sweat was shot and wounded two days later.

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