Seamstress Owes $80K for Killers' Prison Break
It's 'every legal dollar' the state could get out of her
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2015 10:35 AM CST
Attorney Steven Johnston, left, confers with Joyce Mitchell, a former prison employee who provided the tools that two murderers used to cut their way out of a maximum-security facility in northern New...   (Gabe Dickens/Press-Republican via AP)

(Newser) – The prison seamstress who helped two convicted murderers escape a New York prison by smuggling them tools hidden inside meat last summer must pay nearly $80,000 in restitution, NBC News reports. That's in addition to the up to seven years Joyce Mitchell is currently serving for her role in the prison break. A district attorney says the $79,841 Mitchell was ordered to pay Friday is "every legal dollar" they could get out of her. According to the New York Times, that amount is the cost of repairs to walls and a steam pipe damaged during the escape of David Sweat and Richard Matt. The duo led police on a 22-day, 1,000-officer manhunt in June. It could have been worse for Mitchell—who blamed depression for her role in the escape; the state initially estimated the cost to repair damages at $120,000.

 

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