Lyle Mitchell, the husband of Clinton Correctional Facility worker and escape accomplice Joyce Mitchell broke his silence on the Today show with Matt Lauer.
In the interview Lyle Mitchell explained to Lauer that his wife did not tell him the extent to which she was involved with the escape of convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt.
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When Joyce Mitchell admitted to helping the convicts escape she also confessed that the convicts promised her pills to drug her husband.
"She said: 'I love my husband, I am not hurtin' him,'" Mitchell told Matt Lauer on Today. "She said, 'Then I knew I was over my head. I can't do this.'”
Lyle Mitchell also told Lauer that his wife “swore on her son’s life” that she did not have sex with either of the prisoners and continuously denied their sexual and romantic advances.
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When asked whether or not he would stand by his wife, Lyle told Lauer, “As of right now I don't know what to think,” adding “Do I still love her? Yes. Am I mad? Yes. How could she do this? How could she do this to our kids?"
Police have been hunting down the convicts since their escape a little over two weeks ago. The hunt, which has involved at least 1,000 officers, has gone as far as the Canadian border.
According to Reuters “Officers focused the search for murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat in eastern Franklin County, about 20 miles from Clinton Correctional Facility."
The hunt centered on the town of Bellmont, near a cabin where authorities during the weekend found evidence, such as prison-issued underwear, that reportedly showed the escapees had been inside.
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