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July 19, 2019

Prison seamstress who aided ‘Escape at Dannemora’ bust-out denied parole for third time

June 16, 2019
Joyce Mitchell raises her hand during a court appearance in Plattsburgh, N.Y. (Rob Fountain/AP)

The prison seamstress who who helped two convicted killers escape from a high-security prison upstate lost her third bid for parole.

Joyce MItchell, 55, will stay behind bars for at least two more years under the state Parole Board ruling.

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Mitchell, 55, is serving 2 1/3 to seven years for helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in June 2015.

Mitchell had a romantic relationship with Sweat. Her role in the escape was featured in the 2018 Showtime miniseries “Escape at Dannemora.”

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A state Corrections Department spokesman declined to state the reason for the denial.

Mitchell’s next parole hearing at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility is in June 2021.

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