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Lawyer says Mitchell could face new charges if escapees commit additional crimes

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DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) - A criminal defense lawyer says if Joyce Mitchell is found responsible for helping in the escape of two murderers from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, she could also face liability for any new crimes they might commit while they're on the loose.

Brian Barrett is a defense lawyer in Lake Placid, New York, who isn't involved in the case.

He says Mitchell would "certainly" be civilly liable for any additional crimes the men commit. And he says additional criminal charges would depend on whether prosecutors find that it was foreseeable that the convicted murderers would, for example, kill more people. He says, "She could have accomplice liability for that."

Today, Mitchell made another court appearance. The prison employee waived a preliminary hearing.

Prosecutors say Mitchell, a prison tailoring shop instructor, had agreed to be the getaway driver for the escape, but backed out because she still loved her husband and felt guilty for participating. She's charged with helping Richard Matt and David Sweat escape by providing them with tools, including hacksaw blades and chisels.

The hunt for the two escapees is in its tenth day.

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