David Sweat claims he didn’t use power tools during escape

The inmate was captured 22 days after breaking out of a New York prison

Escaped convict David Sweat, shown being apprehended Sunday, June 28, 2015, told authorities he did not use power tools to escape from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6. (AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) After David Sweat spoke to police while in his hospital bed, officials are revealing some of what they’ve gleaned from the conversation.

A prosecutor says the inmate captured 22 days after breaking out of a northern New York prison claims to have used no power tools in the breakout. That’s contrary to official accounts from soon after the June 6 breakout at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, who will prosecute Sweat for the escape says Tuesday that the injured cop-killer told investigators from his hospital bed that he started cutting through steel cellblock walls in January using only a hacksaw blade.

Wylie said Sweat told police he had access to a catwalk area in the prison bowels for several weeks before escaping.

Authorities have said Sweat and inmate Richard Matt used power tools taken from contractors’ toolboxes. Matt was fatally shot Friday afternoon. Sweat is recovering after a state trooper shot him on Sunday.

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