New York prison escapee ‘escaped’ nightly while working on breakout

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DANNEMORA, NY – More details about last month’s escape from a new york maximum security prison.

The New York Times reports that escapee David Sweat may have been planning the break for at least six months.

He’s been telling investigators that he was the brains behind the June 6 escape, and that he really started working on his plan after he moved closer to the cell of fellow escapee, the now-dead Richard Matt.

Sweat claims he used a hacksaw blade to cut a hole in his cell, and in the back of Matt’s cell. Sweat told investigators that when a fellow inmate asked about the sawing noises, Matt told them he was stretching the canvasses he used for his paintings.

Sweat says by February they gained access to the catwalks behind the cells.

The New York Times says sweat told investigators he explored the tunnels beneath the prison for several months, between 11:30 at night until 5:30 in the morning. All made possible because he says the guards were sound asleep.

Sweat says he and Matt got their big break on May 4 when the prison turned off the heating system, giving them a chance to cut through a steam pipe.

The New York Times reports that the pair even joked that while the “Shawshank Redemption” hero needed 20 years to escape, they only needed 10.

But then, he got away.