Sweat: No power tools used in escape

David Sweat
FILE - This May 21, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat. Sweat, the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison three weeks ago, was shot and captured Sunday, June 28, 2015, two days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers, a sheriff said. (New York State Police via AP, File)

ALBANY, NY (AP) – A prosecutor says the inmate captured 22 days after breaking out of a northern New York prison claims to have used no power tools in the breakout.

That’s contrary to official accounts from soon after the June 6 breakout at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, who will prosecute Sweat for the escape says Tuesday that the injured cop-killer told investigators from his hospital bed that he started cutting through steel cellblock walls in January using only a hacksaw blade.

Wylie said Sweat told police he had access to a catwalk area in the prison bowels for several weeks before escaping.

Authorities have said Sweat and inmate Richard Matt used power tools taken from contractors’ toolboxes.

Matt was fatally shot Friday afternoon. Sweat is recovering after a state trooper shot him on Sunday.

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