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Province Sentenced to 38 Years
Old 02-03-2011, 10:45 PM
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KINGMAN — One of the three suspects who escaped from a state prison outside of Kingman in July was sentenced Friday morning to nearly four decades in prison.

Two weeks ago, Tracy Alan Province pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping, two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of escape and one count of misconduct involving a weapon after he and three others escaped July 30 from a state prison. John Charles McCluskey and Casslyn Mae Welch also face with the same charges. McCluskey is also charged with misconduct involving a weapon.

Superior Court Judge Steven Conn sentenced Province, 43, to more than 38 years in prison. Province was already serving two life sentences after being convicted for a 1991 murder and robbery he committed in Pima County, Deputy Mohave County Attorney Victoria Stazio said.

“Tracy understands that any sentence the court gives him is not going to make a difference,” said Province’s attorney, Ron Gilleo.

But Stazio said the sentence mattered to two semi-truck drivers “who unfortunately crossed paths with Mr. Province and his accomplices,” and did not know whether they would live or die. Authorities have said Province, McCluskey and Welch took a vote and decided to spare the truck drivers’ lives, leaving them in Flagstaff and continuing south.

Province, McCluskey and Daniel Kelly Renwick escaped from the privately-run prison, allegedly with the help of Welch. Renwick left the group prior to the alleged kidnapping.

McCluskey and Welch’s trial was also postponed Tuesday to April. 19. Welch is also charged in her second case with six drugs charges. Her drug trial is set for March 8.

McCluskey, Welch and Province face the death penalty for federal charges of murder and carjacking after they allegedly murdered an Oklahoma couple in New Mexico on Aug. 2. Province was arrested Aug. 9 in Montana. McCluskey and Welch were captured Aug. 19 in Arizona. Renwick was captured in Colorado Aug. 1. Renwick remains in custody in Colorado. He is charged in Mohave County with only second-degree escape.

On Saturday, Province was transferred from the Mohave County Jail in Kingman to the custody of New Mexico officials, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Province was flown from Kingman to Albuquerque, where he will stand trial for the murder of Gary and Linda Haas, a vacationing Oklahoma couple who were killed near Colonias, N.M. Province’s first court appearance on the murder and carjacking charges is Wednesday.
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