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Golden Valley woman to receive probation for aiding in jail escape

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

Carrie Mae Carpenter, 24, on Jan. 18 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit escape in the first-degree as part of a guilty plea agreement.

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven F. Conn set a judgment and sentencing hearing for 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 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 carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison, although it is probation eligible.

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

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