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8:01 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Parker Found Guilty

Mangun, OK – Okla. warden's wife faces prison after conviction
TIM TALLEY,Associated Press


MANGUM, Okla. (AP) The wife of a former Oklahoma prison warden now faces the prospect of at least a year in prison herself following her conviction for helping an inmate escape.

Bobbi Parker faced 10 years in prison for assisting the escape of convicted killer Randolph Franklin Dial, but a jury is recommending she only serve one year. Formal sentencing is Oct. 6.

Prosecutors alleged Parker fell in love with Dial and ran off with him in 1994 when her husband was deputy warden of the prison in Granite.

Defense attorneys maintained that Dial drugged her, kidnapped her at knifepoint and held her hostage by threatening to use his alleged mob connections to harm her family if she tried to flee.

Dial backed Parker's version of events before he died in 2007.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.