CHINO — A former prison guard pleaded guilty Monday to helping a prisoner convicted of murder escape from a maximum-security facility.
Cindy Coglietti said she hid Jeanette Lynn Hughes in a prison van and smuggled her out the front gate of the California Institution for Women at Frontera on March 25, 1990.
The two women were captured eight days later in El Paso, Tex.
At a preliminary hearing Monday, Hughes was ordered to stand trial on charges of prison escape.
In return for pleading guilty to harboring a fugitive, Coglietti will receive a reduced sentence, said James Kirkley, a San Bernardino County deputy district attorney. She faces up to three years in prison when she is sentenced March 5.
Prosecutors said they will seek a 16-month sentence. "She has no prior record and no force or violence was used during the escape," Kirkley said Monday.