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Sweat moved to Five Points maximum-security prison in Romulus

David P. Sweat was released from Albany Medical Center early Sunday and moved to the maximum-security Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus in Seneca County, state corrections officials announced.

Sweat was to be evaluated in the prison’s infirmary over the first 24 hours, then housed in the Five Points Special Housing Unit in a single-person cell within the facility’s 150-bed, 23-hour confinement unit. 

He also will be placed on active suicide watch, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

Sweat and Richard W. Matt, a City of Tonawanda native, escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora a month ago, sparking a huge police manhunt. The two convicted murderers used an elaborate plan to break out, and their escape resulted in the arrests of two prison workers and the suspensions of the prison warden and 11 other officials and corrections officers as an investigation continues.

Matt was shot to death by a federal officer June 26 near Malone while holding a shotgun. His body was returned to the City of Tonawanda on Thursday for a private funeral service.

Sweat was captured June 28 after being shot twice by a State Police sergeant after he tried to run into woods about a mile and a half from the Canadian border in Franklin County.

After being treated in Albany Medical Center for the past week, Sweat was moved to Five Points at 3:05 a.m. Sunday. Prison officials would not discuss details of the move, citing security concerns.

Each Five Points cell has a bed, a writing platform, a toilet and sink, and a facility-controlled shower that will limit movement.

Opened in 2000, it currently houses 1,294 inmates and has 669 employees, including 511 security staff.