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Prison disciplinary process against David Sweat begins

David P. Sweat has been discharged from the infirmary at the maximum-security Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus in Seneca County and will be housed in the Special Housing Unit, state corrections officials announced Wednesday.

Sweat and Richard W. Matt, a City of Tonawanda native, escaped from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora last month, sparking a huge police manhunt for the two convicted murderers.

Formal disciplinary charges were filed against Sweat in relation to his escape, officials said. A hearing officer will determine the extent of Sweat’s misconduct and, if appropriate, impose a penalty including continued placement within the Special Housing Unit, a 150-bed, 23-hour confinement unit.

Any criminal prosecution related to the escape will be handled separately by the Clinton County District Attorney’s office, officials said.

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