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(NEW YORK) — The convict who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York, triggering a massive manhunt, appeared in court Thursday for the first time since his capture.

David Sweat had his right arm in a sling when he appeared in court.

Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6. Matt was fatally shot by authorities 20 days later and Sweat was caught 23 days after they escaped. Sweat was shot twice but survived.

On Thursday, the court entered a not-guilty plea for Sweat on two counts of escape in the first degree and one count of promotion of prison contraband for his possession of a hacksaw that was found in the cell.

The last time he was seen publicly was when he was photographed at the scene of the capture, seated on the ground and bloodied.

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