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3 people plead guilty to helping convicted Iowa felon escape state in 2012


SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Three people have pleaded guilty to helping a convicted Iowa felon escape the state in 2012.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Mark Hill, Brandon Hinesly and Janelle Zoch pleaded guilty recently to conspiracy to obstruct justice. The convicted felon, Darwin Zoch, also pleaded guilty to the same charge.

The Sioux City Journal reports ( ) Hill, Hinesly and Janelle Zoch were accused of helping Darwin Zoch flee the area in February 2012 while he awaited sentencing on a federal firearms charge. Darwin Zoch was eventually arrested in Texas.

Hill was placed on probation for three months. Hinesly was sentenced to three months in prison. Janelle Zoch was sentenced to more than 2 years in prison. Darwin Zoch was given an additional 28 months to his 15-year sentence on the firearms charge.

Information from: Sioux City Journal,

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