David Sweat Arraigned on Prison Escape Charges
David Sweat has been arraigned on three felony counts in connection with his escape from a maximum-security state prison.
The 35-year-old Sweat made a brief appearance August 20 in Clinton County Court.
Sweat did not enter a plea to two counts of escape and one count of promoting prison contraband. The judge scheduled Sweat's next court appearance for September 29.
A court-appointed attorney said Sweat did not know he was heading for his arraignment when he left the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, where he has been held.
Sweat was serving a sentence of life without parole when he escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora with Richard Matt on June 6.
Matt was fatally shot after being on the run for about three weeks. Sweat was captured two days later.
Sweat killed Broome County sheriff's deputy Kevin Tarsia in the town of Kirkwood on July 4, 2002.