Prison Stock Clerk Accused of Helping Inmates Escape
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A stock clerk in a maximum-security prison has been charged with helping her two inmate lovers escape in exchange for their promises to kill her boss and a prison guard.
Betty Ann Guidish, 54, was arrested Thursday in connection with the May escapes of Gerald Frazee Jr. and Donald F. Biauce, who hid in a tractor- trailer and cut their way out on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. They have since been recaptured.
Frazee, 28, and Biauce, 37, told police that Guidish had sex with them while all three worked in the metal fabrications area of the State Correctional Institution of Pittsburgh.
Police said Guidish believed that Frazee was in love with her and wanted a relationship. The couple was supposed to live together after he escaped, Frazee told police.
Police said Guidish hid the inmates in a supply trailer parked at the prison May 4. They climbed out a hole in the rig’s roof when the driver stopped for lunch at a rest stop in Plum, 15 miles from the prison.
Guidish, a prison employee for eight years, oversaw the loading of trucks with products made in the prison, including cell beds, metal cabinets and license plates. She also was in charge of a tool room.
In return for Guidish’s help, police said, Frazee agreed to kill Correctional Industries Supervisor Richard Watson and Biauce promised to kill prison guard Francis Maskin Jr.
Watson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Guidish may have targeted him because he gave her a poor job evaluation.
Biauce, who was serving 53 1/2 to 107 years for kidnapping, robbery and other offenses, was captured two days after the escape.
Frazee, who was serving six to 20 years for escape, aggravated assault, robbery and other offenses, was captured seven weeks later.
Guidish was being held Thursday in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. She was charged with escape, criminal solicitation to commit homicide and criminal conspiracy.
She had been suspended from her job since June 6, prison spokesman Tim Collins said.