| News |

Claudia Washburn, Mother of Prison Escapee John McCluskey, Gets Prison Time for Aiding Son's Escape

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

The mother of prison escapee John McCluskey's been sentenced to seven months in prison for helping her son and two other inmates evade authorities after they escaped from prison last summer.

Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Steven Lynch could have sentenced Claudia Washburn to 2 1/2 years behind bars under a sentencing range laid out in a plea agreement reached in November.

Washburn admitted to sending money to her convict son and his two accomplices after they escaped from a Kingman prison on July 31.

That money was used by the cons to fund what became a multi-state nightmare for authorities, as the cons crisscrossed the western half of the United States following their escape.

While on the run, McCluskey, his cousin/fiancee Casslyn Welch, and escaped inmate Tracy Province, are accused of murdering an Oklahoma couple on vacation in New Mexico.

The bodies of Linda and Gary Haas, both 61, from Tecumseh, Oklahoma, were found in a burned out camper allegedly torched by the trio of fugitives.

The couple, who were about to become grandparents, were on their annual summer trip to Colorado when their paths crossed with the escaped inmates.

Authorities believe the couple met the inmates at a rest area along Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico.

It's believed the couple was shot in their travel trailer before the inmates, and Welch, drove it to a remote area, unhitched the couple's truck, and set it on fire with the bodies inside.

McCluskey, Welch and Province could each face the death penalty for the murders.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.