Search for 2 escaped prisoners in NY continues

NY rural residents on edge as search for 2 killers continues

Richard Matt, David Sweat
Inmates David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt. Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, both convicted murderers, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. (New York State Police via AP)

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The massive manhunt for the two killers who escaped from a maximum-security prison eight days ago in upstate New York has residents on edge.

Some say they feel like prisoners in their own home.

Shelly St. Denis, a mother of two who lives near the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora says that having two convicted murderers on the loose is scary.

She adds, “You’re afraid to be in your house and have someone come in at you that has nothing to lose.”

The search even forced the cancellation of a fundraiser for the local volunteer fire department at Cadyville.

More than 800 law enforcement officers in the hunt for David Sweat and Richard Matt are scouring the fields and woods several miles around the prison near the Canadian border.

A prison worker, Joyce Mitchell, has been charged with smuggling in hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch and a screwdriver bit to help the men escape. At her arraignment, her lawyer entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.

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