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Prison Escapee David Sweat Appears In Court On Jailbreak Charges

One half of the infamous Clinton Correctional Facility jailbreak duo was arraigned in an upstate New York court, with a judge entering a plea of not guilty on charges stemming from the escape.

Posted on August 20, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. ET

Convicted killer David Sweat appeared in a Plattsburgh, New York, court on Thursday to be arraigned on charges stemming from his highly publicized escape from a maximum security prison in June.

REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility alongside fellow inmate Richard Matt, who was killed by police during the 23-day manhunt.

REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

He was charged with first-degree escape and promoting prison contraband. The judge entered a not-guilty plea on Sweat's behalf.

REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Sweat appeared in court shackled and wearing a sling on his arm. He was shot twice by police when he was captured on June 28.

Rob Fountain / AP

The charges related to the prison break each carry a sentence of up to 7 years. Sweat, 35, is already serving life without parole for the murder of a sheriff's deputy.

Rob Fountain / AP

AP reports he only gave one word answers during the brief appearance and said nothing as he left the courthouse. He will return to court on September 29.

Christinne Muschi / Reuters

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