welchThe woman who provided the outside help that facilitated the escape of three inmates from the Arizona state prison in Golden Valley in 2010 has been returned to Kingman and booked into the Mohave County jail. Casslyn Welch, 48, tossed wire cutters over the prison fence that were used to snip the trio to freedom. Welch long ago pled guilty to charges associated with the escape and flight out of state, but she was not sentenced because she was transported to New Mexico where she was convicted of charges associated with the murder of an Oklahoma couple shortly after the prison break. Welch is serving a 40 year federal prison sentence in New Mexico and her local sentencing hearing will be anticlimactic. The local plea deal requires imposition of a 20 year sentence in Arizona and the time will be served at the same time Welch is serving the New Mexico sentence.

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