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12/28/2012 6:01:00 AM
Wife who helped Kingman escapee explains motive
Woman wanted Darren Morrison to impregnate her before he went to prison
Darren Morrison
Darren Morrison
Ashley Morrison
Ashley Morrison

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The wife of a Mohave County Jail inmate who ran from custody told the court she asked him to attempt the escape so she could get pregnant again before he went to prison.

Darren Morrison, 27, was sentenced last week to 7½ years in prison after pleading guilty to four felony charges, including three counts of aggravated assault and one count of escape in the second degree.

Morrison escaped from jail custody Jan. 18 as he was being unloaded behind the Mohave County Superior Courthouse. Surveillance footage showed him being led out of a van before shedding his shackles and taking off on foot.

Authorities later learned that Morrison had used handcuff keys his wife, Ashley, had purchased online and slipped in between the cushions of chairs where inmates sit in the courtroom. She was sentenced earlier this year to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit escape.

Ashley spoke on Darren's behalf at his sentencing hearing. Darren was being held in jail at the time of his escape on domestic violence charges involving an incident in which he allegedly choked her at a residence in Lake Havasu City in July 2011.

In a letter to the court, she said she only told police he choked her because he had anger problems and she felt a night in jail would be to his benefit. Darren is also charged with assaulting several friends and roommates outside of the home following his argument with Ashley over his smoking.

Ashley paid the $12,500 bond in the domestic violence case and the pair fled to Florida while the charges were still outstanding. Around the time Darren was extradited back to Mohave County, she said she learned she was pregnant.

She lost the baby after doctors determined she had an ectopic pregnancy, meaning the fetus was growing inside her fallopian tubes.

She said she returned to Mohave County to support Darren and in a letter to the court, said she asked him to escape from jail so she could get pregnant again before he was sentenced to prison in the domestic violence case.

She said that although Darren has anger problems, she does not consider herself a victim. She also said in the letter that she would wait for him, even though she filed for divorce.

"I am certain this situation has taught us both lessons and has brought us closer relationship-wise," she wrote.

Darren Morrison was arrested six days after the escape after he was spotted near the home he shared with his wife on Gold Street. Authorities said he had spent time at a campsite off of the Interstate 40 while on the run.

Judge Derek Carlisle had the option of sentencing Morrison to up to 8½ years in prison.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Justin Kemp

No, what is missing is common sense. What the heck? Get pregnant by a man (boy) who is going to be in prison for 7+ years and likley to return many times? Who was going to support this child? Oh.. thats right its all about what you want not what's best.

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Avg Joe

GET PREGNANT BEFORE HE GOES TO JAIL? Are you kidding me! First the taxpayers must carry the burden of prosecuting and incarcerating the knucklehead, then we'll be more than likely be burdened with supprting the mother and baby because she doesn't have one brain cell in her head. Just what is she thinking! UNBELIEVABLE!

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: justanobody sr

she wanted to be "have his child" while he was incarcerated? and who would pay for the cost of that child?
Why that would be me and you, the taxpayer! funny how stupid people think the public will pay for there actions.
Oh wait, the taxpayer DOES pay for stupid peoples actions!

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Parent Of Palo Christi Student

Ashley, as a parent who had children at the elementary school just a stones throw away from this indecent, and was subsequently forced into lock-down because of it. I would like to say...

You do not deserve to have children.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Now that really shows some high level intelligence on the part of Ashley Morrison.
She wants another welfare body to supplement her income while Mr. Dimbulb is sitting in prison. Of course, she says she will wait for him...No guy in his right mind is going to hang around her, waiting for her husband to get out of prison. Even though she divorced him. Man, this reads like the script to a "daytime soap opera".

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Erin Taylor

Shawn, before this incident, courtrooms were often unlocked between hearings or during lunch. The keys were placed in the cushions of chairs in the jury box, where defendants sit for routine hearings that don't require jurors. Master handcuff keys can be purchased online for as little as a dollar. Given how easy an endeavor this was, it's a wonder it doesn't happen more often all over the country. Since this incident, courtroom doors are locked and personnel much more vigilant about people coming and going. The jail also instituted some changes to prevent this from happening in the future. In previous stories, it was noted that Darren Morrison apologized for the effect his actions had on the community and to Judge Carlisle directly since it was his courtroom.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Shawn M.

What this story is missing is, how did Ashley gain access to plant the keys he used to escape?

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