ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Eileen Clark, the woman accused of kidnapping her own children and fleeing overseas nearly 20 years ago changed her plea Thursday morning in federal court and will probably avoid prison.
Eileen Clark changed her plea to guilty to international parental kidnapping. This means under a plea agreement that still has to be approved by a trial judge, Eileen Clark would not have to serve federal prison time. Instead she would pay restitution and serve 12 months unsupervised probation.
In 1995, Eileen Clark took her three kids who were then 2, 5, and 7 years old from Placitas and fled. Prosecutors say it was because her husband, John Clark, asked for a divorce. Eileen Clark has claimed she was fleeing an abusive marriage.
Six years ago, Eileen Clark was located in London and was extradited to New Mexico this summer. She had been living in a halfway house until earlier this month when a judge allowed her to move into an apartment. On Wednesday, Eileen Clark’s attorney filed an unopposed motion to allow the removal of her ankle bracelet.
The plea deal still has to be approved by a judge. If the judge chooses not to go along with the proposed sentence, Eileen Clark can withdraw her plea and bring the case to trial.