Former Prison Guard Pleads Guilty in Escape

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ In a plea deal, a former Kansas prison guard romantically involved with one of the two inmates she helped escape has pleaded guilty to one federal firearms charge.

Amber Lynn Goff entered the plea in Wichita federal court Friday in exchange for reduced charges and a recommendation by prosecutors for a five-year prison term.

District Judge Wesley Brown deferred a decision to accept or reject Goff's plea until he sees a sentencing report. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 20.

As part of the plea deal, three other federal firearms charges were dropped. Prosecutor Matthew Treaster said that under the plea deal, Goff admitted throwing wire cutters over the fence into the recreation area, and also cutting the outside perimeter fences.

Goff was indicted in November on four federal firearms charges in the October 28, 2007, escape of Jesse Bell and Steven Ford from the state prison at El Dorado. The three were arrested in Grants, New Mexico, early October 31.

Her family said Goff had a romantic relationship with Ford before the escape.

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