Woman pleads no contest to aiding 2 in Kansas jail escape

Marlene McAfee (KSN Photo)
Marlene McAfee (KSN Photo)

GIRARD, Kan. (AP) – A woman has pleaded no contest to helping her son and another man escape from a southeast Kansas county jail.

The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that 57-year-old Marlene McAfee is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 2 after agreeing to the plea deal last week in Crawford County District Court.

Her son, Shaun Steven Simpson, and another inmate, Steven Barnes, climbed over a fence in April at the county jail’s outdoor recreation area. Authorities say they then fled in a vehicle that McAfee left in a parking lot, unlocked with the keys inside. The men were later recaptured.

Barnes has pleaded no contest to aggravated escape from custody, as well as two aggravated battery counts in a 2014 case. Simpson is set for a preliminary hearing next month.