New York Prison Escapee David Sweat Pleads Guilty to All Charges Related to Break-Out
The surviving convict who broke out of a maximum-security upstate New York prison and evaded law enforcement for nearly a month pleaded guilty on Friday to all charges related to his escape.
David Sweat, 35, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of first-degree escape and a felony count of promoting prison contraband for possessing a hacksaw blade used to cut his way out, the Associated Press reported.
He and fellow inmate Richard Matt broke out of Dannemora prison on June 6 with the help of former prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell, who authorities said smuggled a drill bit and hacksaws into the fortress to assist with the escape.
He was caught on June 28, two days after Matt was fatally shot by border patrol agents. Sweat has reportedly been in solitary confinement at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York ever since.
Mitchell was also sent to prison for her role in the escape after she pleaded guilty to a count of promoting prison contraband. She was sentenced to between two years, four months in prison to up to seven years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution for damage to the prison.