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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

The Latest on prison escape: Inmates planned long drive

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The Latest on prison escape: Inmates planned long drive

The Associated Press   10:45 a.m. (EDT) The prosecutor investigating the escape of two murderers from an upstate New York prison says the men planned to have a jail employee drive them seven hours away but she backed out of the plan at the last minute. Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie says the woman […]

The Latest on prison escape: Inmates planned long drive

The Associated Press

 

10:45 a.m. (EDT)

The prosecutor investigating the escape of two murderers from an upstate New York prison says the men planned to have a jail employee drive them seven hours away but she backed out of the plan at the last minute.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie says the woman accused of helping inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt told investigators she only knew where to pick them up.

Wylie tells CNN tailor shop instructor Joyce Mitchell told investigators the inmates did not tell her their destination. Wylie says Mitchell told police she didn’t follow through with the plan because she didn’t want to hurt her husband.

The men have been on the run from the prison near the Canadian border for nine days. Hundreds of law enforcement workers are searching the area around the prison.

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6 a.m. (EDT)

As dawn breaks on the ninth day of the hunt for two killers, officials say the search is expanding eastward from the wooded area where they have mostly focused since the prison break in far northern New York.

Troopers say more than 800 officers have joined the massive manhunt south of Dannemora. State police stayed stationed overnight into Sunday at intervals in the search area.

State police say investigators will continue to search door-to-door and plan to expand the search further east.

Residents of the rural area are not accustomed to locking their doors, at night or otherwise, but they have been on edge since David Sweat and Richard Matt cut their way out of the prison.

On Friday, prison tailor shop worker Joyce Mitchell was charged with providing the escapees hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit.

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