Escaped Inmate Who Murdered Couple Sentenced

By Nick Blumberg
Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:37am
Updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 12:11pm

An inmate who escaped an Arizona prison and murdered a couple from Oklahoma was sentenced to prison Tuesday. Two of his accomplices were also sentenced this week.

John McCluskey, 49, and two others escaped from a private prison near Kingman in 2010. McCluskey was charged by federal prosecutors in the carjacking and murder of Gary and Linda Haas in New Mexico after his escape.

A U.S. District Judge in Albuquerque sentenced McCluskey to life in prison plus a consecutive term of 235 years.

On Monday, fellow escapee Tracy Province was given five consecutive life terms without a chance for release. Casslyn Welch, 44, McCluskey’s girlfriend and cousin, was charged with aiding in the escape. She was sentenced to 40 years behind bars, though local news media report her lawyers say she deserves a shorter term because she pleaded guilty.

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