Husband Of Prison Worker Who Allegedly Helped Killers Escape Speaks Out

Casey Harper | Contributor

In a new interview with the husband of Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker who allegedly helped two convicted murderers escape more than two weeks ago, more damning evidence has emerged for Joyce.

Lyle Mitchell spoke out in an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” show. Lyle told Lauer that Joyce confessed to him that she gave the escaped inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat tools to help them escape but realized she was in over her head when they wanted to kill her husband.

Lyle said Joyce planned to be the getaway driver for the inmates but went to the hospital at the last minute for chest pains.

Lyle spoke with his wife at the police station.

“An investigator comes out and says, ‘Mr Mitchell, your wife is more involved than what she’s lettin’ on’,” Lyle said. “I asked her what was going on. She said, ‘I just — I did some things … and I got over my head.’ I didn’t know what to say. I was just … disbelief, shock.”

Joyce denied allegations that she had a sexual relationship with either Richard Matt or David Sweat, but did say Matt tried to kiss her a “couple of times.” Lyle also says his wife said the two men threatened to hurt her or Lyle if she didn’t help them escape.

He said he has not decided if he will testify against his wife

“Do I still love her? Yes,” Lyle said. “Am I mad? Yes. How could she do this? How could she do this to our kids?”

The search continues for the two escaped murderers. The most recent and promising lead has police searching about 25 miles west of the prison, where they found an inmate’s DNA in a cabin. (RELATED: Escaped Prisoner’s DNA Found In Cabin)

New York State is offering $50,000 per inmate for information leading to their arrest, and the U.S. Marshals is offering $25,000 per inmate.


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