Woman pleads not guilty to helping in jail escape

A woman accused of driving a getaway car to help her husband speed away from the Mesa County Jail during a jailbreak last summer will go to trial.

Marilynne Johnson, 47, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a felony charge of aiding an escape and has said she is a victim of her husband, Shane Johnson, 41. A seven-day trial is set to start March 22.

Shane Johnson was awaiting sentencing on 22 felony convictions and a possible life sentence the week before he escaped from the jail in the early morning Sept. 1, 2008. He used a hacksaw blade to escape through the ceiling of an exercise yard and slid down an outside wall of the jail on bed sheets that were tied together, his affidavit said.

Prosecutors have said they have video of Marilynne Johnson waiting outside the jail in a vehicle that is seen speeding away with Shane Johnson. The couple was arrested Jan. 10 in Baja California, Mexico, after authorities found stolen items in their vehicle during a stop.


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