David Sweat has been discharged from the hospital where he was being kept following his arrest on Sunday after a three-week run from the officials. He is back in prison. His companion, Richard Matt, could not survive the police firing.
The duo was convicted of committing murders. Sweat had been serving a life-sentence without parole following a conviction of murder. They were lodged in the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York before they were found to be missing on June 6. Sweat had been enjoying life as a free man for about 23 days when he was apprehended on June 28.
Sweat is to be charged with first-degree escape. Along with a fellow convict, Sweat had done everything he could to effect his escape. This includes using saw to cut through steel walls of the prison. He had managed to skillfully climb up a catwalk and come out of a manhole before finding his way through a steam pipe. This is the first case of an escape by a convict from the jail in a century.
He has been shifted to Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, New York. A close watch is being kept on Sweat in case he commits suicide.
Quite a few prison officials are under the scanner following the escape of the convicts. While a couple of officials find themselves on paid administrative-leave, some find themselves arrested. Prison guard Gene Palmer is found guilty of promoting contraband articles in the prison and disturbing evidence on the case.