Report: Dannemora prison escapee on hunger strike at Attica

Report: Dannemora prison escapee on hunger strike at Attica Photo: WPTZ/WNYT.

December 11, 2017 09:00 PM

David Sweat, the man convicted of killing a police officer who later escaped from a northern New York prison in 2015, is on a hunger strike, a new report says.

The New York Post reports that Sweat -- who was recently moved from Five Points prison in Seneca County to Attica -- doesn't like his new surroundings and has refused to eat all solid food.

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According to the story, prison officials, worried that Sweat could die, are looking to get a judicial order to force a feeding tube.

Sweat is drinking fluids, but wants to be moved back to Five Points. According to the Post, Sweat has threatened to "use his 'notoriety' to force the state Department of Corrections to move him," a court petition claims.

Read more from the New York Post here.

Sweat was captured following the prison break in 2015. Richard Matt, his partner in the escape, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers. Sweat is serving a life sentence in prison. A mini-series about the infamous prison break is currently in production.


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