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Gov. Cuomo tells ‘The Capitol Pressroom’ escaped prisoners split-up days before capture

June 29, 2015 — Governor Andrew Cuomo told WCNY’s Susan Arbetter that the now-captured escaped prisoner David Sweat, who is currently in stable condition at Albany Medical Center, has relayed additional information to authorities.

Cuomo confirmed to the Capitol Pressroom host that the original escape plan for Richard Matt and David Sweat was travel to Mexico with Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker who allegedly helped facilitate the escape. Additionally, Sweat told authorities that he and Matt split up about five days ago because, according to Cuomo, “Matt was slowing Sweat down.”

“We still have to do investigations on Mitchell and the corrections officer,” Gov. Cuomo told Arbetter, noting that both will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

 Note: Any publication or use of content from “The Capitol Pressroom” will be attributed to WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom.

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