NY prison escapee David Sweat pleads guilty

Posted at 10:21 AM, Nov 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-13 11:38:07-05

A convict who escaped from a New York prison in June has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

David Sweat, who broke out of Clinton Correction Facility with fellow inmate Richard Matt on June 6, was charged with two felony counts of first-degree escape and a felony count of promoting prison contraband. Sweat possessed hacksaw blades used to aid in his escape.

He was shot twice and captured in Constable, New York — near the Canadian border — 22 days after his escape with Matt, who was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officials. Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole in the 2002 killing of a sheriff's deputy.

RELATED: Full details of Sweat's capture, from WKBW in Buffalo

According to prosecutors, Sweat and Matt broke out of the prison with the assistance of a prison tailor shop instructor. The inmates cut through a steel cell wall and multiple steel beam pipes. They broke a hole through a brick wall and squirmed through pipes to emerge from a manhole outside of the prison.