Friday, July 3, 2015
New York prison escapee vowed to visit daughter in letter
The convicted murderer, who fled Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York on June 6, sent the letter through the U.S. Postal Service to his daughter in a Buffalo-area suburb,the Buffalo News reported.
“I always promised you I would see you on the outside. I’m a man of my word,” it reads, law enforcement officials told the paper.
The letter arrived three days after Matt and fellow inmate David Sweat broke out of the maximum-security prison, the sources said.
Acquaintances of the daughter told the Buffalo News that Matt and his daughter corresponded regularly; she had no prior knowledge of his escape plans and has been cooperating with authorities.
After the prison break, the woman, who is not being identified to protect her privacy, requested 24-hour security because she feared Matt would try to reach her.
Matt had been serving a sentence of 25 years to life for murdering and dismembering his former boss. Sweat had been serving life without parole for the murder of a Broome County sheriff's deputy.
On June 26, border patrol agents fatally shot Matt, who turned 49 the day before, roughly 30 miles west of the prison. Authorities said he had a 20-gauge shotgun and failed to raise his hands when commanded.
Two days later, Sweat was found and shot a few miles from the Canadian border. He was hospitalized.