The state Department of Corrections moved escaped murderer David Sweat from Albany Medical to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus early Sunday morning. The maximum-security prison is about 200 miles west of Albany.
Sweat, 35, will at first be placed in the prison’s infirmary for a medical evaluation, authorities said. He will then be moved to a single cell in a 23-hour confinement unit. Sweat--who spent 23 days on the lam-- will also be placed on suicide watch.
In early June, Sweat and Richard Matt, 49, escaped from the thick walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, near the Canadian border.
He was taken to the Albany Medical Center after being shot by authorities and has since been moved to Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus N.Y.
Matt was killed by a federal agent on June 26. Sweat was captured two days later after he was shot twice in the torso by a state trooper near the side of a highway close to the Canadian border. State Police Sgt. Jay Cook shot Sweat when he began to race away into the woods.
Sweat was serving a life sentence for killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy in 2002.
Shortly after Sweat’s capture, three top prison officials and nine correctional officers were placed on administrative leave.