Stage being set for next step in Arizona prison break case

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) - The stage is being set for a Mohave County Superior Court sentencing of the accomplice in an Arizona prison break that resulted in the killings in New Mexico of an Oklahoma couple.

A lawyer for Casslyn Mae Welch recently requested preparation of a presentencing report. Welch pleaded guilty to armed robbery and escape charges stemming from the 2010 escape of three inmates from the privately operated Kingman state prison.

The request says Welch is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14 but the Mohave Daily News reports that a February sentencing is possible.

Welch and two of the inmates were involved in the carjacking that led to the killings of Linda and Gary Haas of Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

She faces a 20-year sentence to be served concurrently with a federal sentence.