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Key figure in state prison escape denied parole

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 14:06:46-04

Joyce Mitchell, the prison tailor who helped two convicted killers escape the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora two years ago, will remain behind bars for now.

A state board has denied Mitchell parole, guaranteeing she will stay locked up for at least more years.

Mitchell was involved in a love triangle with killers Richard Matt and David Sweat. She smuggled tools into the prison that they used to carry out an elaborate escape plot in June 2015, setting off a massive three-week manhunt.

Matt, who was serving a life sentence for killing a North Tonawanda businessman, was eventually shot and killed by police. Sweat was also shot but survived and is now back in prison.