Will escaped killers Richard Matt and David Sweat stay free? Don't bet on it -- that's what the bookies at MyTopSportsbooks.com are saying, at least. Analysts from the betting website think the odds that Matt and Sweat will be caught are 1/10, which means they have very little faith in the two men who cut their way through a steel wall out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6.
Here are the rest of the MyTopSportsbooks.com's odds on the case:
Odds on when Matt and Sweat will be caught:
· within one month of their escape: 1/2
· between one and three months after their escape: 4/1
· between three and six months after their escape: 10/1
· between six months and one year after their escape: 20/1
· more than one year after their escape: 75/1
Odds on how Matt and Sweat will be caught:
· stealing a car: 8/1
· checking into a hotel: 10/1
· robbing a bank: 50/1
· with pants down: 1000/1
The above numbers are only for information purposes at this point and are not available for wager.
Matt and Sweat are still at large; female prison worker Joyce Mitchell is currently in custody for helping the inmates escape, and prosecutors said on Wednesday that she discussed with the convicts a murder-for-hire plot against her husband.
Mitchell and the two men, who she has been linked to romantically, discussed a plan to kill her husband, Lyle Mitchell, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie told reporters.
Following the comment, Mitchell's attorney, Stephen Johnston, said his client had warned her husband of the plot, CNN reported. "I don't believe she was involved in any attempt to kill her husband," Johnston told CNN.
Police on Wednesday expanded their search for Matt and Sweat to include the U.S. Marshall's Service working along the Mexican border. Matt, who has a history of escape attempts, had fled to Mexico before.
Authorities have received more than 1,200 tips from the public as they search for the escapees.
State police reopened Route 374, a main road from the maximum-security prison to Plattsburgh, which had been closed since police sniffer dogs picked up the scent of Matt and Sweat last week. The search was "expanding and shifting to other areas surrounding Dannemora," police said in a statement.
Police also released "progression photos" showing the men with facial hair they may have grown since they were noticed missing on June 6. They revised details of the men's physical descriptions, now putting Matt at 5 foot, 10 inches tall and 210 pounds and Sweat at 5 foot, 10 inches tall and 165 pounds.
Mitchell, who met the men in her job of training convicts in the prison tailor shop, remained in jail, accused of supplying them with hacksaw blades and a screwdriver bit used in the breakout.
"She's distraught. She's very weepy," her lawyer told reporters.
Her husband, who also works at the prison, visited her in the county jail on Tuesday and there were conflicting media reports about whether he will stand by her.
"There's no way I'm standing behind her," he was quoted as saying by his lawyer, Peter Dumas, according to NBC News.
Dumas did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment and CNN quoted Johnston as saying Mitchell vowed to support his wife.
Law enforcement officials said on Wednesday that they had no evidence that Lyle Mitchell had prior knowledge of the escape plan.
Joyce Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation. If convicted of the charges, she faces up to eight years in prison.
Mitchell was previously investigated after a co-worker complained she had an inappropriate relationship with Sweat, but that investigation concluded without disciplinary action, although they were ordered separated, authorities said.
Matt and Sweat were discovered missing from their adjoining cells early on the morning of June 6. Their elaborate escape involved cutting through a steel wall and slithering through a steam pipe before emerging from a manhole on the street outside the prison.