Welch contests sentence in McCluskey murder case

Casslyn Welch

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – The accomplice in an Arizona prison break says federal prosecutors broke a promise not to oppose a 20-year prison sentence in the murder of a couple in New Mexico.

Casslyn Welch had pleaded guilty to crimes that included carjacking resulting in death. She agreed to testify against a co-defendant, John McCluskey, in the 2010 deaths of Linda and Gary Haas of Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

Welch was sentenced to 40 years in early June. In court documents, her attorneys say that federal prosecutors led Welch to believe they wouldn’t disagree with a defense request for a 20-year prison term.

Prosecutors say they did no such thing. They say Welch clearly understood she faced up to life in prison.

Welch hasn’t been sentenced on charges stemming from the July 2010 prison break near Kingman.

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