Cadyville, New York (CNN)For months before a pair of convicted murderers made their brazen escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility, prison tailor Joyce Mitchell used baked goods to win favors for Richard Matt and David Sweat, going so far as to ask prison officials to move the inmates’ cells next to each other, a law enforcement official told CNN on Tuesday.
Among the apparent favors: asking one guard to pass frozen hamburger meat to Matt, bypassing the prison’s metal detector in a violation of policy, according to the source.
Mitchell, who has been charged with aiding the escapees, has admitted she smuggled hacksaw blades into the meat, the official said. Gene Palmer, the guard on the honor block where Matt and Sweat were housed, was unaware of the meat’s contents when he was asked to get it to Matt, according to Palmer’s attorney Andrew Brockway, who says his client was conned by Mitchell. Palmer is now on paid leave.
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