Sentencing date set for woman who helped inmates escape from Arizona prison

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KINGMAN, Arizona — A sentencing date has been set for a woman who helped three inmates escape from an Arizona prison in 2010.

Casslyn Welch will appear before a Mohave County Superior Court judge Wednesday.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Welch will serve 20 years on an escape charge and two counts of robbery. The time will run concurrent to her 40-year sentence in a federal murder case that stemmed from her time on the lam.

Welch has said she helped the inmates flee the prison near Kingman by throwing cutting tools over a fence. She and two of the men later kidnapped two truck drivers at gunpoint.

Welch pleaded guilty in the federal case to charges that included carjacking resulting in the deaths of an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico.

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