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April 5, 2012

Ex-warden's wife released from prison

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma prison warden's wife convicted of helping an inmate escape was released from prison early Thursday morning after serving half of her 1-year sentence.

Bobbi Parker, 49, was released at 1 a.m. Thursday from the Hillside Community Correctional Center in Oklahoma City, said Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

A jury convicted Parker in September for helping Randolph Franklin Dial escape from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite in 1994. They were discovered 11 years later, living as man and wife on a chicken farm in east Texas.

Prison rules that reward inmates for good behavior while serving their sentence helped shave almost six months off Parker's sentence. Parker served six months and 16 days in prison.

Parker's defense attorney, Garvin Isaacs, declined to say Wednesday who was meeting Parker at the prison or where she would be taken.

Prosecutors alleged that Parker, who lived with her husband on the Granite prison grounds, fell in love with Dial while they worked together in a prison pottery program based in the couple's garage. Together they plotted his escape, they said.

But Isaacs said Dial drugged Parker, kidnapped her and held her hostage for more than a decade. Dial pleaded guilty to escape before his death in 2007 at the age of 62 and maintained he kidnapped Parker at knifepoint and forced her to drive him from the prison.

Parker's trial lasted four months and was the longest and most expensive in Greer County history.

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