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Prison Seamstress Who Aided Escape Ordered to Pay Nearly $80,000

Joyce Mitchell, who has pleaded guilty to promoting contraband in the brazen escape, was ordered to pay for damage done to Clinton Correctional.

The former New York prison seamstress who helped two convicts escape in a brazen jailbreak in June was ordered Friday to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution, a prosecutor said.

Joyce Mitchell, 51, is serving a sentence of up to seven years for her role in the jailbreak in which convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt used smuggled tools to escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, sparking a 22-day manhunt.

Joyce Mitchell, accompanied by her attorney Steven Johnston, prepares to leave a restitution hearing Friday in Plattsburgh, N.Y.Gabe Dickens / AP

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On Friday, a judge ordered Mitchell to pay $79,841 in restitution for damage to the prison, including the holes Matt and Sweat cut in their cells and cuts in a steam pipe through which they escaped sometime before the morning of June 6, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew J. Wylie said.

"This figure represents every legal dollar that could be ordered against the defendant, in a criminal case, for her involvement in the prison break," Wylie said in a statement, adding that under the law, the amount must be limited to damages caused to the prison itself.

Matt was fatally shot by law enforcement officers in the town of Malone on June 26, nearly three weeks after the escape. Sweat was shot and captured on June 28.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to a count of promoting prison contraband and was sentenced to between 2 years, 4 months in prison to up to seven years in prison.

Mitchell supplied the inmates with a drill bit and hacksaws that she smuggled in meat, according to authorities. They cut holes in their cells, hacked their way through underground pipes, and crawled out through a manhole.