CRIME

Ex-prison worker: I played along with murderers' escape plan, never intended to pick them up

FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Joyce Mitchell raises her hand during a court appearance in Plattsburgh, N.Y.  Mitchell, the former New York prison employee who helped two killers escape from a maximum-security prison in June, said in an interview that aired Monday, Sept. 14, on NBC's "Today" show that she was depressed at the time and the inmates took advantage of what she called her "weakness." (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool, File)

FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Joyce Mitchell raises her hand during a court appearance in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Mitchell, the former New York prison employee who helped two killers escape from a maximum-security prison in June, said in an interview that aired Monday, Sept. 14, on NBC's "Today" show that she was depressed at the time and the inmates took advantage of what she called her "weakness." (Rob Fountain/The Press-Republican via AP, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

A former New York prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup says she played along when they talked about their plan and never intended to pick them up.

In the second part of a two-part jailhouse interview aired Friday on NBC's "Today" show, Joyce Mitchell said she had no doubts Richard Matt and David Sweat would have killed her if she had met them with a car and a shotgun like they asked after they escaped June 6 from Clinton Correction Facility.

The pair went on the run for three weeks.

Matt was killed by a border agent June 26. Sweat was wounded by a state trooper two days later.

Mitchell has pleaded guilty to giving them tools. She faces up to seven years in prison.