Jakes Corner Woman Released From Jail

Claudia Mae Washburn’s bond reduced from $250,000 to $50,000


A Jakes Corner woman accused of aiding her fugitive son and two other convicts has posted bond.

Claudia Mae Washburn, 68, was released on a $50,000 bond Oct. 20.

According to court documents, Washburn was released to the third-party custody of her daughter Kate McCluskey and must reside in Thatcher with her.

Washburn was ordered not to have any contact with Casslyn Welch, John McCluskey, Tracy Province or Daniel Kenwick.

Washburn was originally held on a $250,000 bond after police arrested her in early August on several charges, including hindering prosecution, conspiracy to commit escape in the second degree and using electronic communication for drug transaction. On Sept. 27, Washburn’s Washburn’s bond was lowered.

Washburn is the mother of McCluskey and owner of Jake’s Corner Store.

Washburn, along with Diana Joy Glattfelder of Prescott Valley, are accused of conspiring to help McCluskey, Province and Kenwick, three convicts, escape from prison and avoid detection in late July.

Welch, McCluskey’s cousin and fiancee, remains in jail on charges of escape in the second degree, kidnapping, armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Authorities say Welch, 44, had been working in Jakes Corner with Washburn.

On July 30, Welch drove to a private prison near Kingman and threw wire cutters over the prison fence to free McCluskey and two fellow inmates, Province and Renwick.

Authorities captured Renwick the next day in Rifle, Colo.

Welch and the other two convicts hijacked a semi with two men and ordered them to drive the group to Flagstaff.

In Flagstaff, the trio voted not to kill the truckers and took off in a gray Nissan Sentra. Glattfelder then helped McCluskey, Welch and convicted murdered Province travel to the Jake’s Corner Store from Flagstaff.

Washburn reportedly provided the group with money, medical aid and supplies.

From there, authorities believe the group headed to New Mexico, where they allegedly killed an Oklahoma couple who were on a camping trip.

Police in Meetetese, Wyo. later arrested Province.

On Aug. 19, a Forest Service ranger patrolling the Gabaldon Campground, at the base of Mount Baldy, spotted Welch and McCluskey in a restricted campsite and called for backup.

Shortly after 7 p.m., officers apprehended the final two fugitives.

Glattfelder posted a $10,000 bond and was released from custody. Her next pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 28. A trial for Glattfleder and Washburn is set for Jan. 4, 2011.

Both Washburn and Glattfelder have pleaded not guilty.

McCluskey, Province and Welch were indicted in New Mexico for conspiracy to commit carjacking, carjacking resulting in death and witness tampering, among other charges.


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