It was a story straight out of the movies.
Today marks two years since the manhunt for convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt came to an end. Weeks earlier, the two men had escaped from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York in dramatic fashion with the help of a female employee they seduced and a correctional officer who unknowingly provided them with the tools they needed to break out.
On June 28, 2015, after 22 days on the run, Sweat, now 37, was shot and taken into custody near the New York-Canada border, ending what was the largest manhunt in New York State Police history. Matt, 48, had been shot and killed by a border patrol SWAT team days earlier.
As the manhunt and subsequent investigation unfolded, a portrait of a broken prison system emerged, one that officials said both men took advantage of to stage their high-profile escape. On the two-year anniversary, here’s a look back at Sweat and Matt’s shocking prison break and where the key players involved in the ordeal are now:
‘SHAWSHANK’-STYLE PRISON BREAK SPARKS MASSIVE MANHUNT
In 2015, Matt and Sweat were inmates at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border.
Matt was serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death in 1997, while Sweat was serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy in 2002.
According to a 2016 report from the New York inspector general, an inmate “described Sweat as ‘very, very self-sufficient in all ways’; whereas Matt was ‘sociable’ and ‘gregarious.'”
The report said a friendship blossomed between…