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Woman Who Tried to Free Husband From Jail Gets Probation

September 17, 1987

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ A woman who enlisted her 16-year-old son in a bungled plan to help her husband escape from jail has been ordered by a judge never to see the husband again.

Linda Ann Kipp, 37, was granted a year’s probation Wednesday after promising to start a new life away from her husband, convicted murderer Martin James Kipp. She pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to assist in an escape.

Santa Ana Superior Court Judge Myron Brown ordered that Mrs. Kipp remain in jail until after Kipp, 29, is sentenced Friday and moved to a state prison.

″Her background does not suggest she’s a danger to the community, but because of her obsession with Martin Kipp she can be extremely dangerous,″ said Deputy District Attorney Joel Kew.

A jury has recommended that Kipp, 29, die in the gas chamber for the Dec. 30, 1983, rape-strangulation of a Antaya Yvette Howard, 19, of Huntington Beach.

Mrs. Kipp was a paralegal at a law firm in Orange County when she met Kipp, fell in love with him and left her husband to marry him. The newlyweds devised a plan to break Kipp out of jail, said Deputy District Attorney Mel Jensen.

Mrs. Kipp’s son was to crawl through an air shaft in a public restroom in the jail and cut an opening to her husband’s cell. She had arranged to pay a man $1,000 to guard the restroom and use an electronic stun gun to subdue anyone who came in while the boy was in the shaft.

The plan fell through when Mrs. Kipp’s son refused to participate and the man she hired to stand guard turned out to be an undercover officer.

The son, also charged with conspiracy to assist in an escape, is in the custody of his father pending trial Sept. 24, said his attorney, James H. Barnes.

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