David Sweat is revealing a steady stream of new information about how he and Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility.
Sweat, speaking to officials from his Albany hospital bed, claims he was the mastermind behind the bold escape that led law enforcement on a three-week manhunt for the two men, according to CNN.
This is just the latest piece of new information coming from Sweat, law enforcement officials and District Attorney Andrew Wylie this week.
Sweat previously claimed the escape plan was hatched in January. He and Matt strategized for five months before making a dry run the night before the actual escape. They came out at a manhole after navigating a maze of tunnels, but went back to their cells after deciding there were too many houses nearby.
The pair used hacksaws to break through the cell walls. The blades were smuggled into the facility by prison tailor Joyce Mitchell, who admitted to hiding them in hamburger meat which was delivered to Matt.
Mitchell was to be Matt and Sweat’s getaway driver. They planned to kill her husband, then flee to Mexico, but she never arrived, forcing the pair to go on the run. She has been arrested and has been cooperative with investigators.
Five days before Matt was shot and killed, he and Sweat split up. Sweat felt his older, less athletic partner, who had developed blisters on his feet, was slowing him down.
Two days later, officers subdued Sweat less than two miles from the Canadian border.
The fallout at Clinton Correctional is still unraveling. Twelve prison employees, including three executives, have been put on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.
The state Inspector General’s office is investigating whether guards fell asleep the night the pair escaped, and another employee, Gene Palmer, is accused of taking the meat with the smuggled blades to the inmates.
The FBI is also investigating broader corruption at the prison, including possible drug trafficking and other criminal behavior among employees and inmates.