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David Sweat, the convicted cop killer whose escape from prison led to a massive search through the woods of upstate New York in 2015, now weighs less than 140 pounds after a three-week hunger strike.

And he admits he ‘feels like sh*t’ because of his decision to refuse food. 

Sweat will learn Wednesday afternoon whether authorities can force-feed him to save himself from possible death.

A judge sitting in upstate Fort Edward, New York, will make the decision after prison authorities petitioned to feed 5ft. 9 in. Sweat through a tube.

Sweat, 41, is protesting his transfer to Great Meadow Correctional Facility in nearby Comstock, because it is only a couple of hours drive from Dannemora, where he and fellow convict Richard Matt escaped.

David Sweat (pictured in 2013) has penned an angry letter to Ben Stiller expressing his anger over the 'fictitious' portrayal of the convict in Showtime's Escape at Dannemora

David Sweat (pictured in 2013) has penned an angry letter to Ben Stiller expressing his anger over the 'fictitious' portrayal of the convict in Showtime's Escape at Dannemora

David Sweat (pictured in 2015) is down to less than 140 pounds after a three-week hunger strike in protest at being moved to Great Meadow Maximum Security prison

David Sweat was wearing head-to-toe camouflage when he was shot in the shoulder and arm two miles south of the Canadian border

David Sweat was wearing head-to-toe camouflage when he was shot in the shoulder and arm two miles south of the Canadian border

David Sweat was wearing head-to-toe camouflage when he was shot in the shoulder and arm two miles south of the Canadian border

Fran Malanik, 49, moved from Long Island to Upstate New York so she could visit Sweat in prison, but now he has been moved more than 300 miles from her home in Buffalo

Fran Malanik, 49, moved from Long Island to Upstate New York so she could visit Sweat in prison, but now he has been moved more than 300 miles from her home in Buffalo

Fran Malanik, 49, moved from Long Island to Upstate New York so she could visit Sweat in prison, but now he has been moved more than 300 miles from her home in Buffalo

Sweat was moved to Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York, on March 29 and has been on hunger strike ever since

Sweat was moved to Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York, on March 29 and has been on hunger strike ever since

Sweat was moved to Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York, on March 29 and has been on hunger strike ever since

He believes many of the correctional officers at Great Meadow will have been on the team that hunted him down and will have it in for him, his girlfriend Fran Malanik told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.

‘They are mad at him because they showed them up for not doing their job when he escaped. Now they just make his life as hard as possible,’ said Malanik, 49.

‘They talk about keeping prisoners close to their families but then they do the exact opposite.

‘He never thought he would ever be moved to a prison so close to Dannemora,’ Malanik added. 

Since being recaptured less than seven years ago, Sweat has been sent to six different maximum security prisons. Malanik, who now lives in Buffalo, said she hasn’t seen him since June last year due to Covid restrictions on prison visitors and his constant moves.

A trip to see him in Great Meadow would mean an 11-hour round trip of 650 miles.

Sweat went on hunger strike in 2017 because he claimed guards in the notorious Attica Correctional Facility were trying to poison him and he was soon moved to Wende, another prison in the system.

Sweat and fellow convicted murderer Richard Matt (right) escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6, 2015, after tunneling through heating ducts and sewers, using tools smuggled into the lock-up by prison worker Joyce Mitchell

Sweat and fellow convicted murderer Richard Matt (right) escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6, 2015, after tunneling through heating ducts and sewers, using tools smuggled into the lock-up by prison worker Joyce Mitchell

Sweat and fellow convicted murderer Richard Matt (right) escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, on June 6, 2015, after tunneling through heating ducts and sewers, using tools smuggled into the lock-up by prison worker Joyce Mitchell

In Stiller's series, Paul Dano (pictured in the show) plays Sweat

In Stiller's series, Paul Dano (pictured in the show) plays Sweat

Paul Dano played Sweat in Ben Stiller’s Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora

Clinton Correctional Facility dominates the town of Dannemora, New York, but its high walls did not stop David Sweat and Richard Matt escaping in June 2015

Clinton Correctional Facility dominates the town of Dannemora, New York, but its high walls did not stop David Sweat and Richard Matt escaping in June 2015

Clinton Correctional Facility dominates the town of Dannemora, New York, but its high walls did not stop David Sweat and Richard Matt escaping in June 2015

Sweat has now been behind bars in seven of New York State's 16 men's maximum security prisons. He is on hunger strike in a bid to get himself out of Great Meadow

Sweat has now been behind bars in seven of New York State's 16 men's maximum security prisons. He is on hunger strike in a bid to get himself out of Great Meadow

Sweat has now been behind bars in seven of New York State’s 16 men’s maximum security prisons. He is on hunger strike in a bid to get himself out of Great Meadow

Prison authorities insist that move was not precipitated by his refusal to eat and say his latest strike will not result in a transfer.

‘Negotiating facility placement with any incarcerated individual is a direct violation of Department of Corrections policies and procedures,’ said spokesman Thomas Mailey.

He said the move from Shawangunk to Great Meadow was one of thousands of transfers made every year.

‘The Department conducts regular reviews and moves incarcerated individuals to other facilities for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, security concerns, programmatic needs, medical and mental health levels,’ said Miley.

Sweat is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting Deputy Kevin Tarsia (pictured).  Malanik believes Sweat did not fire the bullet that killed the cop

Sweat is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting Deputy Kevin Tarsia (pictured).  Malanik believes Sweat did not fire the bullet that killed the cop

Sweat is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting Deputy Kevin Tarsia (pictured).  Malanik believes Sweat did not fire the bullet that killed the cop

Sweat was moved to Great Meadow from the downstate Shawangunk Correctional Facility on  March 25 and immediately stopped eating.

An affidavit from prison doctor David Karandy, obtained by DailyMail.com says his weight went down from 163.2 pounds to 140 pounds on April 6. That ‘constitutes a loss of 14.21% of his initial body weight,’ wrote Karandy.

Sweat is certain to have lost more weight in the two weeks since Karandy wrote his report. 

‘Mr. Sweat’s vital signs indicate an elevated heart rate and at times his lips and mucus membranes appear dry which indicate a state of dehydration,’ the doctor wrote.

Karandy said Sweat is now in the infirmary at Great Meadow and his physical condition is monitored around the clock. 

‘Meals are offered to Mr. Sweat three times daily and he has continual access to running water,’ added Karandy.

‘Mr. Sweat continues to refuse all meals offered to him and has limited his intake of fluids.’ 

Matt and Sweat's 2015 escape from prison led to a massive manhunt in Upstate New York before Matt was shot dead and Sweat was recaptured

Matt and Sweat's 2015 escape from prison led to a massive manhunt in Upstate New York before Matt was shot dead and Sweat was recaptured

Matt and Sweat’s 2015 escape from prison led to a massive manhunt in Upstate New York before Matt was shot dead and Sweat was recaptured 

Cops used dogs to search sewers in the town of Dannemoraas they hunted for the two killers in 2015

Cops used dogs to search sewers in the town of Dannemoraas they hunted for the two killers in 2015

Cops used dogs to search sewers in the town of Dannemoraas they hunted for the two killers in 2015

Joyce 'Tilly' Mitchell (pictured in court in 2015)was hospitalized with a panic attack at the time she should have been meeting Matt and Sweat as they emerged through a manhole in Dannemora

Joyce 'Tilly' Mitchell (pictured in court in 2015)was hospitalized with a panic attack at the time she should have been meeting Matt and Sweat as they emerged through a manhole in Dannemora

Joyce ‘Tilly’ Mitchell (pictured in court in 2015)was hospitalized with a panic attack at the time she should have been meeting Matt and Sweat as they emerged through a manhole in Dannemora

‘Mr. Sweat clearly declares his intent to the facility physician and other medical staff members which is to engage in a hunger strike as a means of securing transfer out of Great Meadow Correctional Facility.’

Karandy said prison staff read Sweat the ‘hunger strike script’ on April 8. That declares that ‘incarcerated individuals have no constitutional right to starve  themselves to death.’

The doctor said that Sweat has been diagnosed with ‘antisocial personality disorder.’

Prison psychiatrist Julio Riascos wrote that Sweat had told prison staff ‘I feel like sh*t,’ due to his hunger strike.

‘Patient reports that his hope is “smaller every day”, tells treatment team that he has been on hunger strike for 11 days and that he plans to continue on it until he is  transferred from this facility,’ wrote Riascos on April 7.

‘He complains of not being able to see his family due to the distance from home and not having seen his 10-year-old daughter for 10 months. 

Dr. David Karandy wrote in his affidavit that Sweat had lost more than 23 pounds by April 6. He said 'incarcerated individuals have no constitutional right to starve themselves to death'

Dr. David Karandy wrote in his affidavit that Sweat had lost more than 23 pounds by April 6. He said 'incarcerated individuals have no constitutional right to starve themselves to death'

Dr. David Karandy wrote in his affidavit that Sweat had lost more than 23 pounds by April 6. He said ‘incarcerated individuals have no constitutional right to starve themselves to death’

Sweat and Matt made their sensational escape from Clinton on June 6, 2015 after weeks of digging tunnels through the prison system.

They emerged through a manhole in the town of Dannemora where prison employee Joyce ‘Tilly’ Mitchell was supposed to pick them up. 

She had allegedly been having affairs with both of them and they had discussed killing her husband Lyle before running off to a new life together.

But Mitchell suffered a panic attack shortly before their rendezvous and was taken to the hospital, so once they were out the two murderers were left to fend for themselves.

Cops shot Matt dead on June 26, the day after his 49th birthday when they found him at a hunting lodge in the woods. Two days later Sweat was spotted heading toward the Canadian border and was shot by State Trooper Jay Cook, hitting him in his shoulder and arm and was recaptured.

Their escape was documented in Ben Stiller’s Showtime seven-part miniseries Escape at Dannemora, which starred Benicio del Toro as Matt and Paul Dano as Sweat.

Both Mitchell – who was depicted by Patricia Arquette – and Sweat claimed Stiller had got many facts wrong in the show.

Mitchell said: ‘Stiller is a liar just like the rest of the world. He doesn’t care about the truth. All he cares about is making millions off me. He’s an idiot.’

Both Mitchell and Sweat deny they ever had sex, although Sweat says Matt and Mitchell were intimate. 

Sweat wrote to Stiller from prison, telling him his version of the facts was ‘fictitious’ and complained that it had made his attempts to prove he was innocent of killing Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Tarsia more difficult.

Mitchell, now 58, served more than five years in prison for promoting prison contraband and criminal facilitation. She was also fined more than $6,000 and ordered to repay nearly $80,000 in restitution.

Prison guard Gene Palmer was also charged with aiding the escape. 

Source: Daily Mail

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