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David Sweat, escapee from Dannemora prison, now at Attica

ALBANY – David Sweat, the prison escapee who led police on a weeks' long search through the Adirondacks two years ago, has been transferred to Attica prison.

David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015.

The transfer of Sweat from a maximum security prison in Seneca County to Attica, which occurred last Friday, was characterized as routine.

“Based on biannual reviews, which include looking at concerns like an inmate’s behavior, allegiances with other inmates or over-familiarity with a facility, there are approximately 5,000 inmate transfers from one prison to another every month,’’ said Thomas Mailey, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The system has 50,616 inmates.

Sweat, serving a life sentence for the killing of a Broome County deputy sheriff, is confined to a special housing unit in the Wyoming County maximum security prison.

In a case that captured international attention, Sweat and  Richard Matt broke out of the state prison at Dannemora in 2015. Hundreds of police and guards searched for the men for three weeks. Matt was killed by one of his searchers and, several days later, Sweat was shot by a trooper as he was heading toward the Canadian border.

Showtime next year will air an eight-hour series on the breakout. Directed by Bill Stiller, the show’s cast will include "Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli, who will played Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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