Jakes Corner Woman Pleads Guilty To Aiding Son After Prison Escape

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The 68-year-old mother of prison escapee John McCluskey has pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to hindering prosecution, a class 5 felony, said Attorney General Terry Goddard.

As part of a plea agreement, Claudia Washburn, 68, of Jakes Corner, admitted to providing money to McCluskey through a third party. She admitted she knew McCluskey had escaped from prison, and that the money would be used to help him flee from law enforcement.

After receiving the money and other supplies from Washburn, the group of escapees fled to New Mexico where investigators believe they kidnapped and murdered James and Linda Haas during an attempt to steal the couple’s RV.

Washburn faces a sentence of between six months to two-and-a-half years in prison. She has already spent approximately two months in jail before the change of plea and was recently released to the care of her daughter, where she will remain pending sentencing.

Commissioner Steve Lynch will sentence Washburn on Jan. 7.

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