Reports: Story of seamstress behind New York prison break coming to Lifetime

Joyce Mitchell
FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Joyce Mitchell raises her hand during a court appearance in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Mitchell, the former New York prison employee who helped two killers escape from a maximum-security prison in June, said in an interview that aired Monday, Sept. 14, on NBC's "Today" show that she was depressed at the time and the inmates took advantage of what she called her "weakness." (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool, File)

HOLLYWOOD (NEWS10) – The woman who helped two convicted killers escape from a northern New York prison will be the focus of a new television movie.

Reports out of Hollywood say “Prison Break: The Joyce Mitchell Story” will air on Lifetime.

In June 2015, convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. using hacksaw blades and other tools. Joyce Mitchell was working as a seamstress in the maximum security facility at the time and provided the inmates with the tools.

After a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot dead in woods about 30 miles northwest of the prison. Sweat was shot and wounded two days later.

According to the website Deadline, Mitchell will be the focus of the TV movie. She will be played by Penelope Ann Miller.

Matt will be played by Myk Watford, and Sweat will be played by Joe Anderson.

Mitchell admitted becoming close with the pair, including falling in love with one of the convicts, while she worked as an instructor in the prison tailor shop. She told investigators she agreed to be their getaway driver before backing out after suffering a panic attack.

She said she cooperated with the men’s demands because Matt had threatened members of her family.

Mitchell apologized in court during her sentencing.

“If I could take it all back, I would,” she told the judge. “I never intended for any of this to happen.”

The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to charges related to the escape and was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison. She was also ordered to pay restitution for damage made to the prison during the escape.

The movie is expected to premiere some time in 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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