2 women accused of aiding jail escape

The Associated Press /

KLAMATH FALLS — Klamath County, authorities say a county jail inmate who escaped while taking out the garbage was aided by two women, including his mother.

Sheriff Tim Evinger says 25-year-old Kenneth Robert Banes was being escorted into the jail yard to dump garbage as part of a work detail Thursday when he bolted and slipped through a hole in a fence. The sheriff says Banes is very slender and adds that “99 percent of inmates wouldn’t have fit through that hole.”

The sheriff later announced the arrests of Banes’ mother, 46-year-old Kathleen Joann Delaney, and 21-year-old Syndahl Lezza-Marrea McFarland. Evinger says they were arrested for investigation of aiding and abetting an escape as well as hindering prosecution.

Delaney is accused of delivering clothing for Banes to McFarland’s apartment in advance of the escape attempt. Evinger says some jail clothing was found there.

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