After pleading guilty to helping her fugitive son and two other convicts escape capture, 68-year-old Claudia Washburn of Jakes Corner was sentenced to seven months in prison Friday.
Washburn was part of a media storm that descended on Arizona last summer when Washburn’s son, John McCluskey, and fellow inmates Tracy Province and Daniel Kenwick escaped from a private Kingman prison.
Washburn admitted in court to hindering prosecution when she gave McCluskey money to aid in the con’s escape.
On Jan. 7, Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Steven Lynch sentenced Washburn to seven months in jail, sparing her from a maximum sentence of 2.5 years.
Washburn was originally released from jail on a $50,000 bond Oct. 20. She had been staying with her daughter in Thatcher.
When news that three inmates had escaped in Arizona, authorities immediately went to Jakes Corner, where Washburn ran the Jakes Corner Store and McCluskey used to visit.
Following an investigation, Washburn was arrested at the store as the small community looked on. Many in the community sympathized with Washburn at the time, saying she had done what any mother would do.
Washburn’s finances reportedly aided McCluskey, Province and former Jakes Corner employee and McCluskey’s fiancé/cousin Casslyn Welch’s cross country run from authorities for weeks. While on the run, McCluskey, Welch and Province are accused of murdering an Oklahoma couple on Aug. 2.
All three were later captured and are awaiting trial. McCluskey’s ex-wife, Diana Joy Glattfelder, 43, of Prescott Valley, is awaiting sentencing after also pleading guilty to hindering prosecution. A sentencing date has not been set.