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(DANNEMORA, N.Y.) — Former New York prison employee Joyce Mitchell is expected to be sentenced on Monday, exactly two months after she pleaded guilty to helping two convicted murderers escape from a maximum-security prison.

Mitchell, who worked in the tailor shop at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, was jailed shortly after prisoners Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped in June. She allegedly provided tools to Matt before the escape, authorities said, by concealing them in hamburger meat.

Mitchell pleaded guilty in July to first-degree promoting prison contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation. She agreed to cooperate with the investigation and give up her teaching certificate.

Mitchell, 51, faces up to seven years in prison.

After a three-week manhunt for the prisoners in June, Matt was shot and killed by authorities near the town of Elephant’s Head in upstate New York.

Sweat was later shot and apprehended by authorities near the town of Constable in upstate New York.

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