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Inmate behind notable 2015 prison break had a new escape plan

David Sweat says he uncovered a way to escape from another maximum-security facility in New York


Associated Press

NEW YORK — A convicted murderer whose prison break captivated the nation says he uncovered a way to escape from another maximum-security facility in New York.

But this time David Sweat said he detailed the plan involving a makeshift tool to corrections officials, asking for extra weekly visits from his girlfriend in exchange.

David Sweat is lead out of the Clinton County Government Center under heavy guard following his court appearance in which he pleaded guilty to one count of promoting prison contraband and two counts of escape in the first degree in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (Gabe Dickens/Press-Republican via AP, Pool)
David Sweat is lead out of the Clinton County Government Center under heavy guard following his court appearance in which he pleaded guilty to one count of promoting prison contraband and two counts of escape in the first degree in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (Gabe Dickens/Press-Republican via AP, Pool)

Sweat and another inmate, Richard Matt, escaped from New York's Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015. They were caught after three weeks. Matt was shot and killed.

In an interview with The New York Times , Sweat said he told corrections officials how he would break out of New York's Five Points Correctional Facility. He says officials transferred him to a different prison about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) away and didn't grant any perks.

State corrections officials confirmed Sweat provided details on possible "security vulnerabilities."

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