Escaped US prisoner shot and killed

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Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by The News Editor

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One of two convicted killers who escaped from a New York maximum security prison has been shot and killed.

Richard Matt has been killed and David Sweat is still on the run, officials said.

Matt and Sweat used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, made a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall and escaped early on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border.

Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole in the killing of a sheriff’s deputy in Broome County in 2002. Matt was serving 25 years to life for the killing and dismembering of his former boss.

A prison guard and a prison tailor shop instructor have been accused of helping the inmates escape.

Published: Friday 26th June 2015 by The News Editor

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