The plan apparently went awry when Joyce Mitchell, the 51-year-old manager of the prison tailor shop, abandoned a plan to drive off with them, Cuomo told The Capitol Pressroom, a local radio show here.
“They would kill Mitchell’s husband, then get in the car and drive to Mexico on the theory that Mitchell was in love with one or both of them,” Cuomo told the Pressroom. “Then they would go live happily after after, which is a fairy tale that I wasn’t read as a child.
“But we all believe what we want to believe.”
Sweat’s condition was upgraded to serious from critical Monday, one day after being shot and captured near the tiny town of Constable, less than two miles from the Canadian border. Matt was fatally shot by U.S. Border Patrol officers Friday.
Sweat told investigators the men decided to head for Canada when Mitchell did not show. Cuomo said Sweat told authorities the two escapees split up about five days ago.
“Sweat felt that Matt was slowing him down, as a matter of fact,” Cuomo told Pressroom.
State Trooper Jay Cook spotted Sweat on Sunday, chased him on foot and finally shot Sweat as he approached a tree line, authorities say. Cuomo has dubbed Cook a “hero,” saying Sweat could have disappeared into the woods and then into Canada if Cook had not acted.