Former Dannemora prison escapee on hunger strike at Attica

ATTICA, N.Y. (WTEN-TV) - The convicted murderer who garnered national attention after escaping from an upstate New York prison is on a hunger strike.

Last month, David Sweat was moved from Five Points Correctional Facility in Seneca County to Attica.

In 2015, Sweat and another inmate Richard Matt escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Matt was killed during the three-week manhunt. Sweat was captured near the Canadian border.

According to the New York Post, six days after arriving at Attica, Sweat stopped eating solid food.

Attica officials, concerned about his already slim build, are asking a judge to allow him to be fed through a tube.

Sweat is serving a life sentence for the 2002 murder of Broome County sheriff's deputy Kevin Tarsia. 


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