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Parole denied for prison tailor who helped 2 NY inmates escape

Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years for passing tools to killers Richard Matt and David Sweat, enabling their escape


Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state board has denied parole to a tailor who played a key role in a prison break that's the subject of a Showtime miniseries being filmed in the northern New York region where it happened.

Joyce Mitchell will remain behind bars for at least two more years for passing tools to killers Richard Matt and David Sweat, enabling their escape from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in June 2015.

In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Joyce Mitchell raises her hand during a court appearance in Plattsburgh, N.Y. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool, File)
In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Joyce Mitchell raises her hand during a court appearance in Plattsburgh, N.Y. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool, File)

The subsequent three-week manhunt ended with Matt shot dead and Sweat captured near the Canadian border.

Mitchell's lawyer tells the Plattsburgh Press-Republican the parole board denied her release Friday.

Patricia Arquette plays Mitchell in Showtime's "Escape at Dannemora," being produced by Ben Stiller. Penelope Ann Miller starred as Mitchell in a Lifetime movie that aired in April.

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