Tuesday 23 January 2018

Killer who dug his way out of US jail cell shot dead

Dead: escapee Richard Matt
Dead: escapee Richard Matt

Michael Virtanen

One of two convicted killers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate New York maximum-security prison and had been hunted for three weeks has been shot and killed.

An official with knowledge of the manhunt said Richard Matt - who was jailed for life for killing and dismembering his former boss - was shot dead after being apprehended close to the Canadian border.

The second escapee - David Sweat - was still on the run last night.

The official wasn't authorised to talk about the development publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The two men used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a 2ft brick wall, squirmed through pipes, and escaped early on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border.

Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole for the killing of a sheriff's deputy in Broome County in 2002.

Prosecutors said Joyce Mitchell, a prison instructor, agreed to be their getaway driver but backed out because she felt guilty for participating in the scheme. She has denied a number of charges.

Irish Independent

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