New York Prison Escape ‘Could Have Been a Plot From a Movie,’ Says Gov … – ABC News
Gov. Andrew Cuomo described the brazen escape of two convicted murderers from a maximum security prison in upstate New York as something that would have been the ‘Shawshank Redemption’ “if there was a pot of money at the end of the rainbow.”
Richard Matt and David Sweat remained at large today after escaping from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border, on Saturday morning. Cuomo told ABC News what troubled him most about the escape was that the two men needed power tools to pull it off.
“Since it’s an old facility, there are a number of contractors working,” he said. “It could have been a plot from a movie.”
Sweat, 34, is serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy in 2002. Matt, 48, is serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death in 1997.
The governor, who toured the prison Saturday and may return there today, described the escaped convicts as “resourceful” and “dangerous.” He said more than 240 law enforcement personnel, including the FBI, were involved in the investigation.
“This was the first breakout since 1865 and I want to make sure that it’s the last,” Cuomo said.
The escapees supposedly left a note behind that read “have a nice day.” Cuomo said he suspects it was their way of saying they were doing something that had never been done before.
“I’m sure they knew that since it was the first escape it was going to be a big deal,” he said. “But we’ll get them back and we’ll give them the note back.”