NY prison escapee admits to charges in daring breakout

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)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A convicted killer serving life behind bars when he staged a daring escape from a maximum-security prison has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for the breakout.

In 35-year-old David Sweat’s second court appearance since his capture in June, he no longer wore a sling from his gunshot injuries, his head was shaved and he politely answered a series of questions from the judge.

Sweat has been in solitary confinement at Five Points prison.

He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of first-degree escape and a felony count of promoting prison contraband for possessing hacksaw blades used to cut his way out.

He escaped June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility with Richard Matt, another convicted killer. Matt was shot dead June 26.

Sweat was shot and captured two days later.

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