Dawn Branstietter pleaded guilty in April to assisting an escape and was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison. Branstietter’s husband, John Douglas Baxter, was also sentenced to 16 months in prison for helping the inmate.
Branstietter is the mother of Trevor Sparks, who escaped the Cass County jail last December and was recaptured a few weeks later. Another inmate, Sergio Perez-Martinez , also escaped with Sparks and is still on the run.
Prosecutors say Sparks made several calls to Branstietter from the jail, and they discussed his upcoming escape attempt.
Sparks and Martinez ultimately escaped by using deception and taking advantage of facility damage to flee. An accomplice picked up Sparks and drove him to Kansas City. That man was already sentenced to 40 months in custody .
Once Sparks made it to Kansas City, prosecutors say Branstietter and Baxter provided him food, clothing and housing while he was on the run.