Joyce Mitchell arrives for sentencing at Clinton County Court, in Plattsburgh, New York Sept. 28, 2015.
September 28, 2015 12:06 PM EDT

Former prison seamstress Joyce Mitchell sobbed as she was sentenced Monday to up to seven years in prison for helping two convicts escape with tools smuggled in hamburger meat.

“If I could take it all back I would,” Mitchell said in a choked voice. “I live with regret every day and will for the rest of my life.”

She said she only helped the inmates, David Sweat and Richard Matt, because she feared they would hurt her family.

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