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(NEW YORK) — Prison escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat had originally planned to flee to Mexico before the two split up last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview Monday.

Investigators have already started getting important information from captured inmate Sweat, who is now undergoing treatment at Albany Medical Center, Cuomo said.

“The plan was to head to Mexico, which would have been aided by Joyce Mitchell’s vehicle,” Cuomo said. “They would get the car and then drive to Mexico.”

Two employees at the prison, including Mitchell, a tailor shop employee, have been charged in connection with the escape.

“When Mitchell doesn’t show up, the Mexico plan gets foiled and they head north to Canada,” Cuomo said.

The governor also said Sweat split up from Matt five days ago because he felt like “Matt was slowing him down.”

Mitchell was charged with providing hacksaw blades and tools to the men through frozen hamburger meat. She pleaded not guilty to the felony and misdemeanor charges.

Mitchell’s lawyer, Steve Johnston, said in a statement Monday, “I just spoke with Joyce and she is ecstatic both that the manhunt has ended and also that it appears no harm came to any other person.”

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