Lyle Mitchell, the husband of the prison worker accused of helping two killers escape, is speaking out for the first time.
“I said, ‘How could you do this?’ And she said, ‘It just got out of hand and I was scared, and I didn't know what to do,” he said. Lyle spoke with the Today Show's Matt Lauer about allegations that his wife, 51-year-old Joyce Mitchell, had sexual relations with prison escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat.
Lyle said his wife insisted she did not have sexual relations with one or both of the inmates. “She swore on her son's life that definitely ‘Never have I ever had sex [with Matt or Sweat],” he said.
But he described an emotional meeting behind bars with his wife, charged with smuggling the tools the prisoners used to pull off their daring escape.
“There are so many thoughts running through my head. Do I still love her? Yes! How could she do this? How could she do this to our kids? Is she telling you the truth? Now? Yes!”
The hunt for the two fugitives took a bizarre turn when it was found they had been hiding in a hunting cabin in the Adirondacks. The cabin is leased by a group of New York State corrections officers. It is just 22 miles from the prison.
One of the owners, John Stockwell, told police he saw a man fleeing from the cabin Saturday.
Inside the cabin cops found theDNA and fingerprints of the prisoners. There was another reported sighting in a nearby winter ski resort Tuesday.
Hunters have been asked to check trail cameras set up in the search zone. Normally these cameras are used to track wildlife, like deer, and other large game.
The month of June is black fly season in the Adirondacks - and the escapees may be getting tortured by swarms of black flies.
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