David Sweat gets additional penalties for escape

Posted at 8:36 PM, Feb 03, 2016

A convicted killer already serving life behind bars has been ordered to pay restitution and sentenced to additional prison time for the daring escape from a maximum-security prison in northern New York.

David Sweat, shot and captured near the Canadian border in June after a three-week manhunt, apologized in court for scaring people in the area.

Judge Patrick McGill has ordered the 35-year-old Sweat, shackled and surrounded by guards in Clinton County Court, to pay $79,841 in restitution and serve 3 ½ to 7 years in prison for his November guilty plea to escape charges.

Sweat was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a Broome County sheriff's deputy in 2002.

He and inmate Richard Matt cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility with saws smuggled to them by a prison worker now in prison.