New York prison escapee, David Sweat, sentenced to life in prison; Apologized for the trouble he made
Feb 04, 2016 10:00 PM EST
Convicted killer and New York state prison escapee David Sweat was sentenced at the Clinton County Court. The court passed on a maximum penalty on all charges and asked Sweat to pay almost $80,000 in compensation.
During the hearing, Sweat appeared wearing glasses with his head shaved and wearing a green prison jumpsuit. After being sentenced to life in prison, he pleaded guilty to the three felony charges regarding his escape from prison that could put him 3 1/2 - 7 years in jail. The judge gave a maximum penalty on all accounts. The convicted man was sentenced for first-degree escape following a felony count and another for promoting prison contraband.
After the decision was made by the court, Sweat gave his apology to the community, he said that he is sorry for the fear and trauma he brought. He also apologized to the people who flee their homes because of him. Patrick McGill, the courts judge said that Sweat is intelligent and articulate, he understand what happened to him and what trouble he made. He added that he is not stupid but only made stupid decisions as reported by CNN.
According to the Daily Mail, Richard Matt, Sweats fellow inmate who also escaped from prison hid from the police for about three weeks in the northern part of New York, matt was killed by the authorities last June 26 during a search in the woods 30 miles away from the prison cell. Two days later, Sweat was shot and was captured in the same area while heading out into the Canadian border. Matt and Sweat had split ways several days after their escape.
Last 2002, together with an accomplice, Sweat who was 22 at the time, shot a Broome County sheriff's deputy, killing the 36-year old deputy and drove a car over him. Sweat was sentenced a life term for that crime.