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A former New York prison worker wept as she was sentenced to seven years for her role in the audacious breakout.
Joyce Mitchell, 51, tearfully apologized to the community, her former colleagues and law enforcement on Monday morning, insisting: 'If I could take it all back, I would. I never intended for any of this to happen.'
It marks the climax of one of New York's worst prison breaks in history.
Mitchell pleaded guilty last month to providing hacksaw blades and other tools to Richard Matt and David Sweat, who broke out of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6.
As she was led out of court, Mitchell appeared to mouth 'I love you' to her husband, who said he vows to stand by her despite learning she had sexual liaisons with both Matt and Sweat.
Joyce Mitchell wept as she was sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in the June 6 break out
She apologized to the community and her former colleagues, saying 'if I could take it all back I would'
Mitchell was sentenced on Monday in Clinton County Court in Plattsburgh, New York, after pleading guilty
Mitchell implored Judge Kevin Ryan to be lenient and reduce the seven-year sentence in her plea bargain
She strained to wipe her tears as she stood shackled in chains after being sentenced on Monday
Speaking in court, said she only helped Matt and Sweat because she feared they would hurt her family
The pair eluded more than 1,000 searchers who combed the thick woods and bogs of northern New York for much of the next three weeks.
Matt was killed by a border agent June 26. Sweat was wounded and captured by a state trooper two days later.
Mitchell admitted to becoming close with the pair and agreed to be their getaway driver before backing out at the last moment.
Speaking in court, Mitchell implored Judge Kevin Ryan to be lenient and reduce the seven-year sentence agreed in her plea bargain.
'I'm hoping you will have mercy on me,' she said.
She said she only helped Matt and Sweat because she feared they would hurt her family.
'I just don't find that explanation credible,' Judge Ryan responded, adding that members of the public have written to him demanding he deal a tougher sentence.
Weeping uncontrollably throughout, and often having to pause to wipe her tears, Mitchell said: 'Please allow me to start by saying how sorry I am... How much remorse I have for everything that - oh I'm sorry... I'm sorry your honor,' she says through tears, '...that has happened, and my part in Matt and Sweat's escape. IfI could take it all back, I would.
'I can't begin to explain how sorry I am for all this, to the community, to my co-workers, to my family, to all the families of the officers that were involved in having to be taken away from their families in the search.'
The two escapees were forced to scrub plans to head to Mexico and instead fled on foot after emerging from a manhole near the prison.
'I enjoyed the attention, the feeling both of them gave me and the thought of a different life,' Mitchell told police.
Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty to providing tools to murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat to escape jail
The 51-year-old prison worker was sentenced seven years for her role in the escape plot on June 6
She is pictured arriving at Clinton County Court in Plattsburgh, New York, to be sentenced
She later told NBC news she had no doubt Matt and Sweat would have killed her if she had met them with a vehicle and a shotgun, as planned.
Mitchell said the inmates' escape plan included going to the couple's home and killing her husband, Lyle, who also worked at the prison.
Mitchell suffered a panic attack the day of the escape and was taken to a hospital. She was arrested a week later and has been in jail since then.
'I would take it all back if I could, but I can't,' she told NBC. 'But I'm not the monster everybody thinks I am. I'm really not. I'm just somebody that got caught up in something she couldn't get out of.'
David Sweat (left) was detained after three weeks on the run. Richard Matt (right) was shot dead by police
Mitchell's husband Lyle Mitchell also works at the prison in upstate New York, towards the Canadian border
Officials said the convicts used tools to cut their way out of their adjacent cells and get into the catwalk between the cell block walls. They crawled through an underground steam pipe and reached a street near the prison walls through a manhole.
Sweat, who is being housed in a solitary cell at a central New York prison, faces charges in the escape.
A prison guard, Gene Palmer, who authorities have said unwittingly abetted the escape plot, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of promoting prison contraband.
Officials said he gave the two prisoners frozen hamburger meat Mitchell used to hide the hacksaw blades she smuggled to Sweat and Matt.
'Shawshank' fugitive Richard Matt shot dead: One escapee killed by officers 47 miles from prison, three weeks after dramatic escape
Captured: Convicted murderer David Sweat, pictured moments after he was shot twice in the torso
Bleeding badly: David Sweat was wearing head-to-toe camouflage, not prison gear, when taken alive in Constable, New York - 16 miles north of where Richard Matt was killed on Friday, two miles south of the Canadian border, and 40 miles from his former prison
Pictured: David Sweat being escorted into Alice Hyde Medical Center, where crowds cheered
Apprehended: Police escort ambulances en route to Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, New York where the second 'Shawshank' escapee David Sweat was taken after he was shot while being apprehended by authorities
Dead/Caught: After three weeks of searching, David Sweat is in custody and his former cohort Richard Matt is dead following their shocking escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York near the Canadian border
Forty miles: Constable, New York is two miles south of the Canadian border and around 40 miles from Dannemora, where David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional on June 6. Constable is around 16 miles from where Matt was shot two days before Sweat's capture
'If you were writing a movie plot they would say that this was overdone,' Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday night
It is a triumph, he said, that law enforcement will be able to question Sweat to build detailed picture of how he escaped, where he was for 23 days, and how he eluded authorities.
'This is the first escape in 100 years,' Cuomo emphasized, describing the 'extraordinary' nature of the prison break that prompted an 'unprecedented coming together of law enforcement'.
'If you were writing a movie plot they would say that this was overdone,' he said.
'Hack saws providing by a facilitator in ground up meat, carving a hole to get to catwalks, through a labyrinth of tunnels where they came across a tool box. One of the prisoners knew how to pick the lock, they used the tools then to cut the pipes and break the chains... It was extraordinary circumstances.'
After assuring that investigations are ongoing, and accomplices will be prosecuted with the full force of the law, he said, 'Today ends with good news.
'New Yorkers are tough, they stepped up to the challenge and the fear of having murderers on the loose in your back yard. It's nice when it ends well.
'We are going to have a celebration at an appropriate time. We couldn't have had a better ending. We wish it didn't happen in the first place but if it had to happen, this is the way you'd want it to end.'
Since Sweat's capture, it has become clear that he may have been using pepper from shakers in hunting cabins to throw dogs off his scent - a common household trick favored by drug smugglers.
'We did have difficulty tracking so, you know, it was fairly effective in that respect,' admitted New York State Superintendent Joseph D'Amico.
By Sophie Jane Evans
This is the heroic state trooper who brought down the second 'Shawshank' prison escapee David Sweat following a 23-day manhunt - two days after the murderer's accomplice was shot dead.
Sergeant Jay Cook, of New York State police, shot and injured Sweat, 35, after he spotted him 'jogging' down a road in Constable, around two miles south of the Canadian border, on Sunday.
The escaped killer - who has been on the run from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora since June 6 - was rushed to a hospital in Malone, bleeding heavily from his injuries, but alive.
Cook, a 21-year veteran from Troop B who has two daughters aged 16 and 17 with his wife Carrie, was alone when he opened fire on Sweat at about 3.20pm, shooting him twice in the torso, officials said.
Hero cop: Sargent Jay Cook (pictured) brought down the second 'Shawshank' prison escapee David Sweat on Sunday afternoon following a 23-day manhunt. He is pictured, right, with his wife Carrie and their two daughters aged 16 and 17
End of the manhunt: Cook (pictured) had spotted Sweat 'jogging' down the road near Route 30, dressed in head-to-toe camouflage, officials said. The escapee had then broken into a run, prompting Cook to shoot him
He had spotted Sweat 'jogging' down the road near Route 30, dressed in head-to-toe camouflage, officials said. The escapee had then broken into a run, prompting Cook to shout at him to stop.
When he refused, the trooper, also a firearms instructor, had started shooting, a source close to the case told ABC News. Footage from the scene shows Sweat sitting on the ground covered in blood.
On Sunday night, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo congratulated Cook on his 'great police work'.
'I had the chance to speak to Sgt. Cook and congratulate him on his great police work,' he said at a press conference, adding that the trooper 'knew the area very well' and acted 'courageously'.
Cuomo added: 'I said to Sgt. Cook, who has two daughters, "go home tonight and tell your daughters that you're a hero". This was an extraordinary situation in many ways.'
Clinton County Sheriff David Favro said: 'This whole escape has been likened to a movie. What better ending could there be than to have a local state trooper end it all. It was a tremendous piece of policing by Sgt. Cook.
'The best way to describe the feeling is like after junior prom. You get all hyped up, buying the tux, going to the dance and then at the end of it all you suddenly realize how fatigued you are. We are all fatigued.'
Franklin County Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill who predicted on Friday that the search would be over within 48 hours, said: 'Once Matt was killed you could sense that things were moving toward a successful conclusion.'
Local resident Jeffrey Robinson was driving from Constable when he saw the ambulance taking Sweat to Alice Hyde at around 4pm after being shot, and several police cars speed up behind him.
'We pulled over, the Constable ambulance came whizzing by' he said.
Robinson followed the ambulance to Alice Hyde Medical Center where the injured Sweat was offloaded.
'We'll be celebrating tonight,' said Robinson who had been in Constable at a graduation party.
'Everyone here is very relieved.'
A law enforcement official told Buffalo News that Sweat was bleeding badly and had suffered 'life-threatening wounds' before being taken to the hospital for surgery.
The number of boots on the ground in search of Sweat had since increased to 1,300 in the densely wooded expanses just south of the Canadian border.
The added men on the ground, aided by aerial as well as K-9 units, had fanned out across some 22-square-miles around the towns of Malone and Duane, the New York Times reports.
Surgery: David Sweat was bleeding badly after being shot in Constable, New York and transported into surgery at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone
Officers peer into the window of another building on a farm. The hunt is now focused on rural Franklin County around the towns of Malone and Bellmont, and will be moving towards the border
Major Charles Guess, the trooper leading the hunt said Friday that a 'picket line' of officers had been set up on the border to prevent the men from getting away
Guess sounded more upbeat on Friday than he has in previous briefings with reporters.
Prior to Matt's death, he said there have still been no definitive sightings of the two killers but 'significant evidence' has been found that shows the two men are still in the area. Police still have no sighting to Sweat.
Cops are trying to get inside the heads of the vicious killers to work out what they were and are thinking and what Sweat's next moves might be.
'It's got to do with our predictive analysis,' Guess said. 'We like to try to get ahead of these individuals so we are moving in a north-north-west direction.
'We've collected additional items that have been submitted to the lab for confirmation and from the items we have collected and submitted we have drawn definitive conclusions — although I am not going to get into the nature of the conclusions,' he added.
Prior to their arrests, Matt, came from the Buffalo area, while Sweat lived in Binghamton, near the Pennsylvania border.
They got out of the maximum-security prison by cutting through walls in their adjacent cells and then using power tools to get into a maze of steam pipes that lead out to the street.
Heavily armed officers search as child's playhouse in Chasm Falls, New York, with the manhunt entering its third week
An officer has is gun out as a colleague lifts up the cover of what appears to be a hot tub
Prison worker Joyce Mitchell, 51, has been charged with supplying the two men with hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit to help their escape. She allegedly hid them in a 12 inch-by-5 inch-by-2 inch slab of hamburger meat that she then persuaded a guard to take to the two men.
That guard, Gene Palmer, 57, is facing charges himself which are not directly linked to the escape. He is due in court on Monday to plead to a charge of promoting prison contraband, two charges of tampering with evidence, one of official misconduct.
Cops believe that the two men were at a hunting camp in Owls Head just south of Malone on Saturday morning. Since then they have found evidence suggesting they had been to other lodges in both Bellmont and Malone.
Malone is some 25 miles west of Dannemora as the crow flies. But to get there the two men would have had to cross unforgiving woods, thick with brush and infested with biting insects. That landscape has been equally tough on the 1,100-strong search team.
'This environment is rugged, it's tenacious, the weather has not cooperated,' said Guess. 'It has probably been as much of a challenge to the inmates as it has been to law enforcement.'or vide
Correction officers search outbuildings on a farm as the manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat continues in Chasm Falls, New York. Matt was shot and killed just seven miles from Chasm Falls on Thursday
On the run: Killers David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt, right, escaped Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6
Guess repeated his claim from earlier this week that he is convinced the two men stole guns from some of the thousands of hunting lodges that dot the area. 'We still presume they are armed and dangerous,' he said.
The hunt is now focused on rural Franklin County around the towns of Malone and Bellmont, and will be moving toward the border, Guess said.
Cops believe they are mainly moving at night and have stepped up after-dark patrols.
'I presume based on the way our evidence and our future thinkers are planning is that they are primarily moving at night,' said Guess. 'We are certainly up on everything going on during the day but we have an equal presence at night that is designed to detect their movement and apprehend them.'
Evidence found in hunting cabins in the rugged woods of far northern New York State has led police to think the two vicious murderers were desperate to cross the border.
Married prison worker CONFESSES that she agreed to be getaway driver for 'Shawshank' escapees - but her bewildered son takes to TV to insist she would NOT help them unless she was threatened
An Upstate New York prison worker has officially been described as an accessory to the escape of two convicted killers, and more details about their relationship have emerged.
Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican on Thursday that Clinton Correctional Facility employee Joyce Mitchell"has been very cooperative since she was identified as an accessory to the escape."
Mitchell, 51, also known as "Tillie," was a supervisor in the Dannemora prison's tailoring department, where inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat worked. The Albany Times-Union reports she admitted smuggling in power tools for them to cut through steel walls and provided access to a cell phone.
Wylie told NBC News on Friday, however, that Mitchell did not provide power tools. The prosecutor said she did bring in contraband, but wouldn't specify what it was.
Mitchell is believed to have also agreed to drive a getaway car for the pair, but changed her mind at the last minute and was hospitalized with panic attacks.
A CNN source said Mitchell, who's married to another prison employee, told investigators that Matt, 48, made her feel "special." But she may have also had an affair with the younger Sweat, 34.
A state official said the State Department of Corrections received a complaint within the past year about a relationship between Mitchell and one of the two escapees. ABC sources said the man was Sweat, but the DOC's internal investigation didn't lead to any discipline for her.
According to the Times-Union, prison employees and correction officers are prohibited from having relationships with inmates or doing them favors, including contacting family members.
It's unclear what charges Mitchell may face, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday: "Anyone who we find cooperated with the escape or facilitated the escape, that is a crime in and of itself and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law."
Matt and Sweat escaped "Shawshank Redemption"-style overnight Friday from the maximum security prison, which previously housed Tupac Shakur, Lucky Luciano and "Son of Sam" serial killer David Be..., located about 20 miles south of the Canadian border. New York State Police closed a stretch of Route 374 east of Dannemora on Wednesday night to search for the pair.
Authorities said they may have "contained" the criminals in the small North Country town of Cadyville, between Plattsburgh and Dannemora. WFFF-TV reports a bedding spot was found in the woods where they may have slept after bloodhounds picked up the pair's scent at a nearby gas station and Subway restaurant.
Matt is described as a white male, 6-feet tall, 210 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes. He has tattoos on his back that say "Mexico Forever", a heart on his chest and left shoulder, and a Marine Corps insignia on his right shoulder.
Sweat is described as a white male, 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He has tattoos on his left bicep and his right fingers.
Both escapees are considered extremely dangerous. Sweat was serving a life sentence for shooting the sheriff's deputy 15 times in 2002. Matt was in prison for the kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of a man who had fired him from his job at a food warehouse.
The state has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of both men. People with information can call 1-800-GIVE-TIP.
The alert is raised early on Saturday morning after convicted killers David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, were discovered missing from their cells during 5.30am rounds. Both cells, located on the same side of the 'honor block' at Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, had neat squares cut from the cement walls behind the beds.
Cop killer Sweat, who was serving life without parole and Matt, who had 25 years to life for murder and torture, had stuffed their beds with clothes to fool guards and left behind a taunting note: 'Have a nice day.'
The maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility sits in Dannemora, high in the mountainous Adirondacks region, some 25 miles from the Canadian border.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a 200-person strong manhunt across upstate New York and a $100,000 reward leading to the killers' capture.
The escape from the 3,000 inmate state prison quickly raises suspicions of an inside job after it becomes clear the two men used power tools to cut holes in their cells and through a sewage pipe.
Investigators begin questioning prison workers and outside contractors to try to find out who may have supplied the power tools.
Contractors have been doing extensive renovations at the 170-year-old prison, a hulking, fortress-like structure that looms over Dannemora's main street.
Prison supervisor Joyce Mitchell is identified as a person of interest and is taken in for questioning.
Some 300 leads flood into investigators in the 48 hours since the prison break was reported.
Cfficers search a field near Willsboro, NY on June 9
State police and other state, federal and local law enforcement agencies form a joint task force to take on each lead individually.
Forest Rangers, U.S. Marshals and the FBI assist in grid searches of region around the prison to ensure a thorough search of the ground.
More than 100 personnel which includes uniform, investigative and specialty units are placed on the ground to follow leads.
Road blocks with search dogs are set up across the region.
More than 250 corrections and law enforcement officers are involved in the region and additional investigative services are being applied statewide and nationally.
Reports emerge that the two convicts could be heading for the Canadian border or even as far away as Mexico.
Reports of two men walking along a road brought hundreds of law enforcement officers to a small town in the Adirondack foothills for a sweep that seemingly turned up no signs of two killers.
State police said leads continued to be generated and there would be an increased police presence in the area.
The hunt focused on Tuesday on Willsboro, New York, close to Lake Champlain, after residents reported seeing a couple of men walking on a road late on Monday during a driving rainstorm.
Searchers walked shoulder-to-shoulder, wearing bulletproof vests and carrying sidearms as they went through hilly woods, fields and swamps, checking every home, garage, shed and outbuilding, then yelling, 'Clear!' when there were no signs of the inmates.
By early evening, it appeared the sweep had come up empty, and there was no confirmation from police that the escaped convicts had been there.
State Police said more than 400 corrections and other law enforcement officers were in the area and planned to go door to door, checking homes and seasonal camps.
Law enforcement announced early on Wednesday that they will be searching homes in the village of Dannemora.
These searches were not the result of a new lead, police said, but law enforcement were retracing steps made early in the investigation.
Residents were made aware that an increased police presence would be in the area.
Members of the public who see anything unusual upon arriving at their residence or seasonal homes were asked to contact law enforcement immediately.
The State Police have deployed all available assets in an effort to ensure the safety of the public.
The public were told not to hesitation to report any suspicious activity; that includes any sign of a trespass, burglary or vehicle larceny.
The town is about an hour from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, which is located 25 miles from the Canadian border in upstate New York.
Mitchell's husband also works at Clinton Correctional Facility. According to records, he is also an industrial training supervisor.
Mitchell, a registered Republican, lives in a two-story grey home with a 'Don't Tread on Me' Gadsden Flag - made popular by the Tea Party movement - flying out front.
The Stars and Stripes and a U.S. Air Force flag are also on show.
According to her Facebook page, Joyce Mitchell graduated from North Country Community College in the resort town of Saranac Lake, New York in 2001.
'Shawshank' escapees spent DAYS using power tools to cut their way out of maximum security prison - so how did no-one notice?
The female prison worker questioned in connection with the escape of two New York murderers has been named as inmate work assignment supervisor Joyce Mitchell, sources say.
Mitchell, who's worked at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora since 2010, was interviewed by investigators as they try to determine how David Sweat and Richard Matt obtained the power tools they needed to undertake the cunning Shawshank Redemption-style escape.
Mitchell was named by ABC News sources just as police released photos of tattoos sported by cop killer Sweat and his 'womanizing' double-murderer cohort Matt in a bid to help the public identify the fugitives.
Questioned: The female prison worker questioned in connection with the escape of two New York murderers has been named as inmate work assignment supervisor Joyce Mitchell (at left with her husband and son), sources tell ABC News. Her husband Lyle also works at the prison
Tillie: Mitchell — who is known as 'Tillie' — was a public official in her home town of Dickinson, New York, about an hour from Dannemora, the home of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility, 25 miles from the Canadian border in upstate New York
Convicted killers: David Sweat (left), 34, and Richard Matt (right), 48, escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York sometime between 10.30pm on Friday and 5.30am on Saturday. Authorities are convinced they must have had help
Mitchell — who is known as 'Tillie' — was a public official in her home town of Dickinson, New York, about an hour from Dannemora, the home of the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility, 25 miles from the Canadian border in upstate New York.
Mitchell, a registered Republican lives in a two-story gray home with a 'Don't Tread on Me' Gadsden Flag — made popular by the Tea Party movement — flying out front. The Stars and Stripes and a U.S. Air Force flag are also on show, according to the Press Republican newspaper.
Her husband Lyle also works at the Clinton prison.
Mitchell is an industrial training supervisor who is responsible for inmate work assignments at the prison. She was said to be close to both escapees, two-time killer Richard 'Rick' Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, who gunned down a sheriff's deputy.
According to her Facebook page, Mitchell graduated from North Country Community College in the resort town of Saranac Lake, NY, in 2001.
'Don't tread on me' and United States Air Force flags hang outside the Mitchells' home in Dickinson, NY
Authorities hunting for two convicted murderers who staged a brash prison break in upstate New York were questioning a woman who worked at the maximum-security prison. Here, the officers search a property near the prison
Police officers search a property near the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on Monday
Also on Monday, it came to light that the escapees were housed on a floor for well-behaved inmates where perks included getting to work as assistants to prison contractors such as plumbers and electricians, the New York Daily News reports.
'There's a common misconception that inmates are locked up 23 hours a day,' a veteran corrections officer told Daily News. 'That's not the case. These guys are coming and going all the time.'
A profile for a Joyce Mitchell on Facebook lists her job as industrial training supervisor at Clinton Correctional Facility.
Mitchell's relationship status on the social network is 'married' and her photo is a family portrait of a man and son.
It is not yet known how the two men got the power tools, but authorities have already begun following leads - including speaking with employees.
The New York Post quoted a senior source as saying she had already been pulled from her post - although what it was remained unclear.
There was speculation she may have fallen for Matt's good looks, with the source saying he 'had a way with the ladies'.
Retired Detective David Bentley, who was part of the team which jailed Matt in 1997, seemed to confirm the same thing.
A profile for a Joyce Mitchell on Facebook lists her job as industrial training supervisor at Clinton Correctional Facility.Mitchell's relationship status on the social network is 'married' and her photo is a family portrait of a man and son. A 2008 photo at left shows escapee Richard Matt, who one detective called 'very handsome and, in all frankness, very well endowed.'
Escaped prisoner David Sweat has a marking on his left arm reading 'Rebel'
Escaped prisoner David Sweat has a marking on his left arm reading 'Rebel'
This May 30, 2008 photo shows convicted killer Richard Matt, center, being led by officers into Niagara County Court for sentencing in Lockport, N.Y. Investigators are looking into whether civilian employees or outside contractors helped two murderers obtain the power tools they used to break out of a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border
Richard Matt's former fiancee, a step-brother and co-defendant took turns at Matt's trial providing details of the 1997 kidnap, torture and hacksaw dismemberment of Matt's 76-year-old former boss, whose body was found in pieces in the Niagara River.
William Rickerson spent 27 hours on a snowy December night in the trunk of a car in pajamas while his killers drove from New York to Ohio and back, angry because he wouldn't tell them the location of the large sums of money Matt was convinced Rickerson kept on hand.
Co-defendant Lee Bates described how Matt at one point opened the trunk and bent the duct tape-bound elderly man's fingers back until they broke. After driving some more, Matt snapped Rickerson's neck with his bare hands.
Matt pictured in May 2008
Before the car ride, Matt had beaten Rickerson in his North Tonawanda home, stopping long enough to eat pepperoni and drink wine, Bates testified. He poured the rest of the wine on Rickerson, then pulled off the businessman's hairpiece and put it in his pocket.
After the killing, Matt fled to Mexico, where he killed a man outside a bar in Matamoros. He served nine years in prison before being returned to the United States in 2007.
Seven of the 12 jurors who in 2008 convicted Matt in Rickerson's murder returned to the courtroom to watch the sentencing. After nearly four weeks of testimony, they'd convicted him in four hours.
'Of all the cases I've tried this would top my list for the death penalty,' prosecutor Joseph Mordino, whose experience at the time included more than 250 homicide cases, would tell a Niagara County judge.
Matt's sentence of 25 years to life in prison was the maximum for second-degree murder.
There was speculation an employee at Clinton Correctional Facility may have fallen for Matt's good looks, with the source saying he 'had a way with the ladies'.
Retired Detective David Bentley, who was part of the team which jailed Matt in 1997, seemed to confirm the same thing.
He told the Post: 'When [Matt's] cleaned up, he's very handsome and, in all frankness, very well endowed. He gets girlfriends any place he goes.'
He told the Post: 'When [Matt's] cleaned up, he's very handsome and, in all frankness, very well endowed. He gets girlfriends any place he goes.'++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
2 Convicted Murderers Use Power Tools To Escape From Maximum Security New York Prison. Leave Behind 'Have A Nice Day' Note (Video/Pics)
Two murderers who used power tools to escape from prison must have taken days to cut through steel walls and pipes and break through the bricks, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday.
Gov Cuomo offered a $100,000 for information leading to the capture of the two men who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York on Saturday.
Authorities were investigating how the inmates obtained the power tools they used in the 'Shawshank Redemption'-style breakout over the weekend.
'It was a sophisticated plan,' Gov Cuomo said. 'It took a period of time, no doubt, to execute.'
The cunning escape had hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers searching for a police deputy's killer and another man imprisoned for dismembering his boss.
'They were heard, they had to be heard,' Cuomo told ABC's 'Good Morning America' on Sunday after retracing the route taken by two escapees of a New York maximum security prison
Two convicted murderers used power tools to cut through steel pipes at a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border and escape through a manhole, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.