ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Convict David Sweat is cooperating with authorities as he is being treated at Albany Medical Center.
Within hours of being captured, convicted murderer turned fugitive David Sweat was brought nearly four hours south. He arrived by ambulance to Albany Med Sunday night.
The hospital declined to provide specifics on his condition. They released the following statement:
“Following examination, it was determined by our trauma team that he did not require any surgeries at that time… As of Monday morning (June 29), his condition has been upgraded to serious, reflecting an improvement from his condition Sunday night. David Sweat will remain at Albany Medical Center for at least a few days while his condition stabilizes.”
But during a radio interview on the Capitol Pressroom, Governor Andrew Cuomo provided more insight. He said Sweat was conscious and cooperating with investigators.
Sweat told police he and his accomplice, Richard Matt, and prison employee Joyce Mitchell planned to head south to Mexico. Mitchell was supposed to be the getaway car.
“When Mitchell doesn’t show up, the Mexico plan gets foiled, and then they head north toward Canada,” he said.
The governor also said Sweat left Matt at some point last week.
Matt was shot and killed by a U.S. border patrol tactical member on Friday. Sweat was captured on Sunday after being shot twice by New York State Police less than two miles from the Canadian border.
“Sweat felt that Matt was slowing him down, as a matter of fact,” Cuomo said. “Now we know that Matt had blisters on his feet because we found bloody socks.”
Sweat was brought to Albany Med because it’s a Level One trauma center. It also has a special, secure unit to handle inmates and is manned by state corrections officers.
The Department of Corrections had no comment.