Woman accused of aiding escape says she’s victim of felon husband

A woman accused of driving a getaway car that helped her husband, a convicted felon, escape from the Mesa County Jail during a jailbreak last fall called herself a victim during her first court appearance Tuesday.

“I’m also the victim of him,” Marilynne Ann Johnson, 47, said of her husband, Shane Johnson.

Marilynne Johnson was in custody Tuesday at Mesa County Jail on $100,000 bond on suspicion of one felony count of aiding an escape.

A videotape shows Marilynne Johnson waiting outside the jail in a vehicle and speeding away with Shane Johnson, Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle said during Marilynne Johnson’s advisement hearing.

Shane Johnson, 40, who was awaiting sentencing on 22 felony convictions that may have put him in prison for the rest of his life, is accused of escaping from the jail the night of Sept.

Shane Johnson was arrested Jan. 10 in Baja California, Mexico, after authorities there pulled him over during a traffic stop and found stolen goods in the vehicle. While Shane Johnson is still in Mexico facing charges, Marilynne Johnson was not charged there and was extradited back to the United States.

Tuttle requested that Mesa County Senior Judge Art Smith impose a bond of $100,000 because the allegations against Marilynne Johnson represent an “extremely aggravated case.”

Another former inmate, Rodney Price, who is now in prison on a separate conviction, faces charges for helping Shane Johnson escape from the jail, authorities said.

Shane Johnson escaped the facility after staying behind when other inmates left a covered exercise area inside the jail.


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