Ex-prison worker Joyce Mitchell to pay nearly $80K for 2 inmates’ escape

Joyce Mitchell cries as she sits with her attorney Stephen Johnston in court on Tuesday July 28, 2015 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty to charges of aiding two inmates convicted of murder by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run in June. She faces a sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison under terms of a plea deal with prosecutors. (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool)

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) – A former employee of a maximum-security prison in northern New York will pay nearly $80,000 in restitution the state sought for damages by two inmates who cut their way out.

A prosecutor said during Joyce Mitchell’s court hearing Friday that she’ll pay $79,841 for the damage Richard Matt and David Sweat caused by using hacksaw blades and other tools she provided to break out of Clinton Correctional Facility last June.

The prosecutor said repair costs came in under the initial estimate of $120,000.

The 51-year-old Mitchell pleaded guilty in September to charges related to the escape and was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison.

After a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot dead in woods about 30 miles northwest of the prison.

Sweat was shot and wounded two days later.

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