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Woman pleads guilty to aiding in jail escape

Carrie Carpenter

Carrie Carpenter

A Golden Valley woman pleaded guilty to her part in helping two inmates escape from the Mohave County Jail Annex.

Carrie Mae Carpenter, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit escape in the first-degree on Friday before Mohave County Judge Steven F. Conn as part of a guilty plea agreement.

Conn set a judgment and sentencing hearing at 9:30 a.m. on February 15.

As part of the guilty plea agreement with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Carpenter will be placed on probation for a maximum of four years and can serve no more than 30 days in jail. Normally, a class 4 felony has a minimum sentence of one year in prison, though it is probation eligible.

Carpenter admitted to leaving her vehicle in front of the annex on June 9. Inmates Steven Joseph Wusstig and Raymond Joseph Coleman Jr. used the vehicle the same day to escape after assaulting a corrections officer.

According to prosecutor Michael McGill, Carpenter regularly visited Wusstig while in custody, including the day of the escape at which point and time they discussed the escape.