NY prison escapee arraigned on charges related to breakout

David Sweat is lead into Clinton County Court Thursday, Aug.20, 2015 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Sweat, a convicted killer who escaped June 6 from the Clinton Correctional Facility and spent more than three weeks on the run was arraigned Thursday on criminal charges stemming from the breakout. Sweat pleaded not guilty to first-degree escape and promoting prison contraband. He is due back in court on September 29. (Rob Fountain/Press-Republican via AP)

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) – A convicted killer who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York has been arraigned on criminal charges stemming from the breakout.

A judge entered a not-guilty plea for David Sweat at his arraignment Thursday in Plattsburgh on two felony counts of first-degree escape and a charge of promoting prison contraband.

Sweat escaped June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility with fellow inmate Richard Matt. Matt was shot dead June 26, and Sweat was shot and captured two days later.

FILE - This May 21, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat. Sweat, the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago, was shot and captured Sunday, June 28, 2015, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers, a sheriff said. (New York State Police via AP, File)
FILE – This May 21, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat. Sweat, the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago, was shot and captured Sunday, June 28, 2015, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers, a sheriff said. (New York State Police via AP, File)

The prisoners used power tools to saw through steel cell walls and steam pipes to reach a manhole outside the prison.

The 35-year-old Sweat is already serving life without parole for the killing of a sheriff’s deputy.

Sweat was hospitalized after his capture and then sent to a different prison.

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